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Battle of Eccles Hill

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The Battle of Eccles Hill. Contemporary illustration.
Battle of Eccles Hill
Conflict: Fenian Raids
Date: May 25, 1870
Place: Near Ormstown, Quebec
Result: Canadian victory
Combatants
Fenian Brotherhood Dominion of Canada
Commanders
Samuel B. Spiers William Osborne Smith
Strength
600 militia
1 gun
680 militia
Casualties
5 dead
18 wounded
None
Fenian Raids
Campobello Island – RidgewayFort Erie – Pigeon Hill – Eccles Hill – Trout River

The Battle of Eccles Hill was part of a raid into Canadian territory led by John O'Neill and Samuel Spiers. The army of the Fenian Brotherhood was defeated by local militia units based in Huntingdon on May 25, 1870. Fenian is a term used since the 1860s for an Irish nationalist who espouses violence, usually by people opposed to their aims. ... May 25 is the 145th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (146th in leap years). ... 1870 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... During the early 1970s, a terrorist group known as the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) launched a decade of bombings, robberies and attacks on government offices. ... Founding of The Irish Republican Brotherhood The Irish Republican Brotherhood, commonly known as Fenians, was an Irish revolutionary secret society, founded in the United States by John OMahony in 1858. ... Canada is the second largest and the northern-most country in the world, occupying most of the North American land mass. ... The Battle of Ridgeway was contested near Ridgeway, Canada West, on June 2, 1866, between British troops and an irregular army of Irish-American invaders, the Fenians, whose ultimate goal was the establishment of a free Irish Republic. ... Battle of Fort Erie (1866) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Fenian is a term used since the 1860s for an Irish nationalist who espouses violence, usually by people opposed to their aims. ... Many noteworthy people have had the name John ONeill In 1866, one John ONeill led 800 Fenian raiders across the Niagara River at Buffalo, New York/Fort Erie, Ontario, as part of an effort to free Ireland from the English as part of the Fenian Invasion of Canada. ... Founding of The Irish Republican Brotherhood The Irish Republican Brotherhood, commonly known as Fenians, was an Irish revolutionary secret society, founded in the United States by John OMahony in 1858. ... Huntingdon is a small town in Huntingdon County in the Montérégie region of the province of Quebec, Canada. ... May 25 is the 145th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (146th in leap years). ... 1870 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...


Fenian militants, operating from Vermont, assembled on May 25 to orchestrate a second invasion of the Montreal region (a similar expedition under Spiers had met with defeat at the Battle of Pigeon Hill in 1866). Although O'Neill was arrested at the border crossing by an American police patrol, Spiers and the main body of Fenians slipped across the border intact and entered the province of Quebec. State nickname: The Green Mountain State Other U.S. States Capital Montpelier Largest city Burlington Governor Jim Douglas (R) Official languages None Area 24,923 km² (45th)  - Land 23,974 km²  - Water 949 km² (3. ... Please visit and contribute to the Montreal Wikiportal See and add to this ongoing discussion about English Names in Montreal City motto: Concordia Salus (Latin: Well-being through harmony) Province Quebec Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area  - % water 500. ... 1866 is a common year starting on Monday. ... During the early 1970s, a terrorist group known as the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) launched a decade of bombings, robberies and attacks on government offices. ...


Partisans and government scouts spotted them almost immediately. A force of militia awaiting the Fenians at Eccles Hill put up resistance, resulting in firefights and unspectacular skirmishing. Lieutenant-Colonel William Smith hurried to the field with a battalion of volunteer cavalry and charged Fenian positions. The Fenians fled, leaving behind their artillery and their dead. Amazingly, no Canadians were harmed during the engagement.


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