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Homegrown jihadis: Canadians have always fought in other people’s wars

Homegrown jihadis: Canadians have always fought in other people’s wars

July 10, 2014
National

"...Some historical perspective might suggest that Canadians serving in foreign armies is not new to our times. Many Canadians served in the U.S. Army during the Civil War, fighting for the Union and against slavery. Upward of 50,000 Canadians are estimated to have enlisted in the Union forces, and a few hundred wore Confederate grey. Union recruiters operated openly in the Canadas during the war, and many Canadians went south to join up. Even Calixa Lavallée, the composer of O Canada, served as a Union officer. No one objected strenuously..."

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Related Composers: Calixa Lavallée