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Battle of Ridgeway

Battle of Ridgeway

Photo by contributor Colin Semple - Posted August, 2006

Battle of Ridgeway

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Battle of Ridgeway

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The Town of Fort Erie
In Ridgeway, on the east side of Ridge Road North
2 and a half blocks south of Dominion Road

Coordinates: N 42 52.935 W 79 03.115


Plaque Text

On June 1, 1866, Irish-American revolutionaries called Fenians invaded Canada as part of an attempt to strike at Britain and support the creation of an independent Irish republic. The next morning, Canadian militiamen from the Queen's Own Rifles, the 13th Battalion and the York and Caledonia rifle companies, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Booker, arrived here by train before marching on to battle the Fenian invaders. Contradictory orders and confusion on the battlefield coincided with a Fenian counterattack to cause the Canadians to withdraw. The Fenians retired to Fort Erie and returned to Buffalo that night. The Battle of Ridgeway shocked the country, spurring improvements to Canada's defences and helping to bolster the Confederation movement.

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Ridgeway Battlefield


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Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted March 9, 2013
Hi. I am doing a project on the Battle of Ridgeway and I live right behind the monument. My house is on the battleground. Can anyone tell me a website for information.
Thank you. Have a good day.

> Posted April 29, 2012
I grew up a short distance from the site of this battle. I've found that the national parks system's role in identifying historic places helps people both to remember and reflect on what has gone before. It certainly helped me realize there is always a context to current events. Hugh

> Posted November 15, 2011
Peter Vronsky has written a book about the battle. http://www.ridgewaybattle.ca/

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