Transcript: Canada's American Civil War | Nov 24, 2017

Steve sits in the studio. He's slim, clean-shaven, in his fifties, with short curly brown hair. He's wearing a gray suit, white checkered shirt, and spotted gray tie.

Steve says OUR ONTARIO HUBS
FIELD PRODUCER JEYAN JEGANATHAN
IS OUT OF TOWN BUT HE DID
FILE THIS STORY BEFORE HE
LEFT. IT'S ON CANADIAN
INVOLVEMENT IN AMERICA'S CIVIL
WAR. HAVE A LOOK...

An animated slate reads "Ontario Hubs." Then, an animation shows a black and white period picture of a clean-shaven man in his thirties.

Jeyan says MARTIN T. McMAHON
WAS A CANADIAN-BORN SOLDIER WHO
ROSE THROUGH THE RANKS DURING
THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR.
HE WAS ONE OF ONLY 29 CANADIANS
TO RECEIVE THE MEDAL OF HONOR.

Black and white pictures of military officials flash by.

Jeyan continues BY THE END OF THE WAR, HE HAD
EARNED THE RANK OF
MAJOR-GENERAL.
HE WAS ONE OF 40,000 CANADIANS
WHO FOUGHT IN THE WAR.
NOW HIS NAME AND THE NAMES OF
OTHER CANADIANS WHO SERVED ARE
ETCHED INTO THE COUNTRY'S ONLY
MONUMENT DEDICATED TO THE CIVIL WAR.

Pictures show a black marble memorial.

A man in his sixties sits on a bench and speaks.

A caption appears on screen. It reads "Jim Brownell. Lost Villages Historical Society."

He says I WAS JUST BLOWN AWAY.
IT'S ONE OF THOSE UNTOLD STORIES
IN CANADIAN HISTORY.

A map of Ontario pops up and homes in on South Stormont, west of Cornwall.

Jeyan says JIM BROWNELL IS THE
PRESIDENT OF THE LOST VILLAGES
HISTORICAL SOCIETY IN THE
TOWNSHIP OF SOUTH STORMONT,
ABOUT 15 KILOMETRES WEST OF
CORNWALL.
BROWNELL DIDN'T KNOW CANADA HAD
PLAYED A ROLE IN THE WAR, LET
ALONE HE HAD FAMILY WHO FOUGHT
IN IT.

Jim says THAT GOT ME INTO RESEARCHING.
AND LO AND BEHOLD, DIDN'T I FIND
MY GRANDCHILDREN, EMMA AND KATE,
THAT THERE ARE FIVE GREATS IN
FRONT OF GRANDFATHER FOUGHT IN
THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR.

A man wearing a 19th century military uniform says IT'S AN AUTHENTIC
REPRODUCTION OF WHAT WAS USED IN
THE CIVIL WAR.

Jeyan says HE WAS APPROACHED BY
BOB McLACHLAN OF THE GRAYS AND
BLUES OF MONTREAL, A CIVIL WAR
REENACTMENT GROUP, WHO WANTED TO
HONOUR THE VOLUNTEER SOLDIERS.

The man dressed as a Civil War Soldier demonstrates the use of a cannon.

A caption reads "Bob McLachlan. Grays and Blues of Montreal."

He says WE DISCOVERED ESPECIALLY WITH
THIS LOCATION HERE IN SOUTH
STORMONT AND THE TOWNSHIP THAT A
NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAD, LIKE
MYSELF, RELATIVES, EITHER
CANADIANS OR AMERICANS THAT WERE
INVOLVED IN THE CIVIL WAR.
AND THAT WAS THE HOT BUTTON.

He and another man insert a load of gunpowder in the cannon.

A man yells FIRE!

Bob says WHEN YOU HAVE A MAJOR WAR
GOING ON NEXT DOOR TO YOU, LIKE
HERE IN LOST VILLAGES, YOU'RE
ABOUT 3 KILOMETRES FROM THE BORDER.

A montage shows pictures of American leaders of the time and soldiers fighting.

Jeyan says TENSIONS WERE HIGH
BETWEEN NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN
STATES OVER MATTERS SUCH AS
SLAVERY AND STATES' RIGHTS.
IN 1861, AMERICA'S DEADLIEST WAR
BEGAN.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS PRESIDENT OF
THE U.S. AT THE TIME, AND
JEFFERSON DAVIS WAS THE
PRESIDENT OF THE CONFEDERATE
STATES OF AMERICA, WHICH
CONSISTED OF 11 SOUTHERN STATES.

Bob says SO CANADIANS WENT DOWN.
SOME OF THEM BELIEVED IN THE
CAUSE.
SOME OF THEM WENT FOR THE MONEY,
THE EXCITEMENT.
AND THEY JOINED, EITHER ONE SIDE
OR THE OTHER.

Bob shoots a rifle.

Jeyan says ACCORDING TO BOB
McLACHLAN, 36,000 CANADIAN
SOLDIERS FOUGHT FOR THE UNION,
AND 4,000 FOR THE CONFEDERATES.

Bob says WE HAVE 29 MEDAL OF HONOR
WINNERS, WHICH IS EQUIVALENT TO
THE CANADIAN VICTORIA CROSS.
THERE'S NEVER BEEN A THREE-YEAR
TIME FRAME WHERE THAT
PRESTIGIOUS MEDAL WAS WON BY
CANADIANS.

Jeyan says THE WALL ALSO LISTS
THE NAMES OF OTHER NOTABLE
CANADIANS LIKE ANDERSON RUFFIN
ABBOTT, CANADA'S FIRST BLACK
SURGEON WHO TOOK CARE OF LINCOLN
WHILE THE PRESIDENT WAS ON HIS
DEATH BED.
AND SOLDIERS LIKE SARAH EMMA
EDMONDS WHO SERVED IN THE WAR BY
DISGUISING HERSELF AS A MAN.

A short clip shows people chanting "Take them down!" at night as a crane removes a statue from a pedestal.

Jeyan continues MANY CITIES IN THE U.S. STARTED
TO REMOVE STATUES AND MONUMENTS
FROM THE CONFEDERATE SIDE.
BUT McLACHLAN'S GOAL IS FOR
THIS MEMORIAL TO HONOUR BOTH
SIDES, INCLUDING THE 7,000
CANADIANS WHO DIED.

Bob says SO IT WAS TO RECOGNIZE THE
CANADIANS, NOT CONDONING A WAR
OF ANY SORT OR SHAPE, BUT JUST
RECOGNIZING A GAP IN CANADIAN HISTORY.

Jim says WE HAD A PURPOSE, AND THAT
PURPOSE WAS TO RECOGNIZE A PIECE
OF OUR CANADIAN HISTORY, AND
THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'VE DONE
HERE AT THIS SITE.

An animated slate reads "Ontario Hubs. Ontario Hubs are made possible by The Barry and Laurie Green Family Charitable Trust and Goldie Feldman."

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