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A Fenian Song 1. The Queen's Own Regiment was their name; From fair Toronto town they came To put the Irish all to shame - The Queen's and Colonel Boker! 2. What fury fills each loyal mind! No volunteer would stay behind. They flung their red rag to the wind - "Hurrah, my boys!" said Boker. 3. Now helter skelter Ohio, See how they play that "heel and toe"! See how they run from their Irish foe - The Queen's and Colonel Boker! From Penguin Book of Canada Folk Songs, Fowke Note: In 1866, some 1200 Fenian troops, mostly from Meagher's Irish Brigade, invaded Canada, crossing at Buffalo. The first Loyalist resistance came from the Queen's Own Rifles, a Toronto- garrisoned force consisting largely of young college gentlemen, and led by Colonel Alfred Booker. The Loyalists were routed, in one of the Fenian's only victories. RG
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