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Historians will discuss the Fenian invasion

Half a dozen historians will be featured in a panel discussion on “The Free Ireland Perspective on the Fenian Invasion” at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court at Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace.

Taking part will be historian and author Timothy Bohen, James Hill from the Niagara Parks Commission, Timothy Madigan, director of Irish studies at St. John Fisher College; James O’Brien and William Patterson from the Ancient Order of Hibernians and visiting assistant professor Brigette Slavin from Medaille College. Moderators will be Erie County Historian Douglas Kohler and historian and author Edward Patton.

The Fenian Brotherhood, an Irish Republican organization, launched several attacks from the U.S. on British Canada after the American Civil War in an unsuccessful effort to force the British to withdraw from Ireland. The largest of the Fenian raids, in June 1866, involved the invasion of Fort Erie and a major battle at Ridgeway, Ont.