An anti-Fenian broadside that seems to have originated in Richmond Hill, Ontario (see postmark on face) My instincts suggests to me that it was intended to be sung to the tune of "The British Grenadiers" - always one of the go-to melodies for patriotic songs.
In the days following the American Civil War, Irish-American forces sympathetic to the idea of a free Irish republic struck out against Great Britain through a number of unsuccessful but no doubt, very alarming "invasions" of Canada. The incursions were carried out by IRA units composed mostly of recently demobilized Union soldiers. They did not enjoy much popular support on this side of the border.
Sweeney and O'Mahoney, to whom the song is dedicated, were American Fenian leaders
|Title||Fenian Blood-Hounds - broadside|
|Subject||Politics & Conflict|
|Keywords||broadside Fenian raids loyal political war War|
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