Confederates from Canada

John Yates Beall and the Rebel Raids on the Great Lakes

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About the Book

Unable to achieve sustained military success in the Civil War, the Confederacy tried a daring strategy in 1864—commando-style raids into northern states from Canada. Taking advantage of the undefended border, rebels hit targets along the Great Lakes, where growing antiwar sentiment was an election-year problem for the Lincoln administration.
Revisiting one of the forgotten chapters of the Civil War, this deeply-researched history covers the South’s operations in Canada. One of the most significant raids is covered in detail for the first time: Virginia planter turned Confederate agent John Yates Beall’s attempt to liberate 2,700 Confederate officers from a prison camp on Lake Erie.

About the Author(s)

Ralph Lindeman is a former trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and later worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., where he covered the White House and Congress.

Bibliographic Details

Ralph Lindeman
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 15 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9278-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5113-2
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

• “The story of the American Civil War has been plowed and replowed thousands of times. Missing from this story is the important role played by the Confederate Secret Service operating out of Canada. John Yates Beall, a Confederate hero due to his daring exploits against Union shipping, moved to Canada joining the Confederate Secret Service where he attempted several raids against Union entities. Though unsuccessful, Beall spread fear throughout the Union. Ralph Lindeman has written a masterful work on Beall’s exploits filling the gap left by others. This thoroughly researched work belongs on every Civil War bookshelf.”—Edward Steers, Jr., author, Blood on the Moon and Getting Right With Lincoln

• “Lindeman has resurrected for us one of the truly extraordinary characters of the Civil War. [He] has done so with scrupulous scholarship and a sharp pen. His story carries the reader from chapter to chapter, following the adventures of this extraordinary young man across the entire war up until his sad end…just weeks before Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. This has the hallmarks of a classic Greek tragedy but more importantly, it has all the makings of an American tragedy.”—Barry Sheehy, author, Civil War Savannah: Immortal City