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From Underground Railroad to Rebel Refuge
Canada and the Civil War
By (author): Brian Martin
Brian Martin


ECW Press - Toronto



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Paperback , Trade


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Oct 25, 2022
$24.95 CAD


8.75in x 5.75 x 0.87 in

Page Count:

352 pages


52 52 photographs, black and white
ECW Press
HISTORY / Canada / Pre-Confederation (to 1867)
History of the Americas|1861–1877 (American Civil War period and the era of Reconstruction)
  • Short Description
A fascinating history of Canada’s role in the American Civil War. Thousands fled north to escape the bloody battles: draft dodgers, deserters, recruiters, plotters and spies, and those escaping slavery through the Underground Railroad. Martin illuminates how the traffic between countries shaped both.

Filled with engaging stories and astonishing facts, From Underground Railroad to Rebel Refuge examines the role of Canadians in the American Civil War

Despite all we know about the Civil War, its causes, battles, characters, issues, impacts, and legacy, few books have explored Canada’s role in the bloody conflict that claimed more than 600,000 lives.

A surprising 20,000 Canadians went south to take up arms on both sides of the conflict, while thousands of enslaved people, draft dodgers, deserters, recruiters, plotters, and spies fled northward to take shelter in the attic that is Canada. Though many escaped slavery and found safety through the Underground Railroad, they were later joined by KKK members wanted for murder. Confederate President Jefferson Davis along with several of his emissaries and generals found refuge on Canadian soil, and many plantation owners moved north of the border.

Award-winning journalist Brian Martin will open eyes in both Canada and the United States to how the two countries and their citizens interacted during the Civil War and the troubled times that surrounded it.

Sales and Market Bullets

  • ECW’S EXPANDING HISTORY LIST: A growing history list means ECW has key publicity contacts and a growing marketing strategy for how to reach history readers. In fall 2021, we published John Little’s two-volume series, The Donnellys, which saw virtual events with 1,000+ attendees and multiple publicity hits in London, Ontario, media.

  • FASCINATING, LESSER-KNOWN ANGLE ON NORTH AMERICAN HISTORY: While there are 60,000+ books written about the Civil War, only a handful examine Canada’s role. Brian Martin examines the extent of that role during and after the war and how it shaped the history of both countries.


  • People interested in regional history

  • Readers of Canadian history books

Brian Martin was an award-winning journalist for more than 40 years, telling the stories of Southwestern Ontario, where most of From Underground Railroad to Rebel Refuge takes place. He has written two true crime books, several biographies and baseball histories, and is a member of two historical societies. He lives in London, ON.

“Martin offers a well-researched and lively account, rich with fascinating characters and sparkling anecdotes. He skillfully explores an important era in Canada’s development when it banned slavery, offered sanctuary to those escaping it, played significant roles in the Civil War that was fought to end it, and later provided asylum to Confederates who had battled to keep it.” — John Boyko, author of Blood and Daring: How Canada Fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation

“Several good books have been written about Canadians in the Civil War. But the story of how Canada was a Confederate base and refuge during and after the Civil War was a black hole. Not anymore.” — Mark Bourrie, award-winning author of Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson

“This should be obligatory reading for serious Civil War, Canadian and international history buffs.” — The Passionate Reader blog

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