Skip to main content

History Happy Hour

Episode 88: Irish Invasion of Canda

Guest: Christopher Klein, author, When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans who Fought for Ireland's Freedom

Cover of the Book When the Irish Invaded Canada
This week on History Happy Hour: Just one year after the Civil War, a band of Union and Confederate veterans dusted off their guns. Not to fight each other, but, side by side, to undertake one of the most fantastical missions in military history: to seize the British province of Canada and to hold it hostage until the independence of Ireland was secured.
Host-historians Chris Anderson and Rick Beyer welcome Christopher Klein to talk about his new book: When the Irish Invaded Canada Find out how a motley crew of revolutionaries, including a one-armed war hero, an English spy, and a radical who staged his own funeral, launched their unlikely assault from Buffalo -with unexpected results.
This Sunday at 4PM ET on History Happy Hour where history is always on tap.

Chris Klein portrait
Christopher Klein is the author of four books, including Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America’s First Sports Hero. A frequent contributor to, Chris has also written for The Boston Globe, The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Harvard Magazine,, and He lives in Andover, Massachusetts.

follow us: