Discovering the Civil War
A Civil War Battle in Vermont?
On October 19, 1864, Confederate agents who had entered the United States from Canada, robbed banks in St. Albans, Vermont, killed a civilian, stole horses, and destroyed property. Some of the Confederates were captured in Canada, and were turned over to Canadian authorities. Canadian courts ruled that the raiders were soldiers and could not be sent back to the United States. Canada eventually reimbursed the St. Albans banks, but tensions remained high along the Canadian – U.S. border for the rest of the war. National Archives, Records of the Secretary of War
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