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Ridgeway Battlefield Site



Ridgeway Battlefield Site

Contact At:

Highway 3 at Ridge Road
Ridgeway
ON,
L0S 1N0 ,Canada

  905-993-1330




Ridgeway Battlefield Site:

The Ridgeway Battlefield site marks the location where Irish-American veterans of the U.S. Civil War fought Canadian forces in an attempt to gain Ireland's independence of England in June 1866.

The invading force of more than 1,300 met no resistance in crossing the Niagara River on June 1, but two battles were fought the next day. Ten Canadians were killed and 38 wounded near this site, while six were wounded and 36 captured at Fort Erie after the invading force retired back to the river.

A U.S. gunboat prevented reinforcements of 10,000 waiting to cross and join the invasion and the invading force of Fenians retreated back to Buffalo.

Designated a national historic site, a commemorative cairn was erected on Highway 3, near Ridge Road, close to the battlefield, and a cabin which stood at the battle site is maintained by the Fort Erie Museum (see photo below).

The first record of the building that sits on the Battlefield Site dates to 1822 when Zachariah Teal purchased it from John Silverthorn. In 1916 the Roadhouse family bought the house and later donated it to the Bertie Historical Society in 1975. The Town of Fort Erie took over the operation in 1976. With assistance from the Ridgeway/Crystal Beach Lions Club, the house was moved to its present location and renovated.

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