YLC tutor, Don Davison launches book
Raise The Flag & Sound The Cannon is based upon a raid by Confederate soldiers that took place in St. Albans, Vermont, on October 10, 1964, toward the end of the Civil War. The Confederacy was desperate for money and arms. Why not hold up mercantile banks in Union towns close to the U.S.- Canadian border and then retreat with the money to the safety of Canada? The leader, Lieutenant Bennett Young, CSA, declared, “Canada can’t arrest us. They’re neutral. We’ll call the raid a military action.”
When Don Davison retired from banking and moved to Knowlton, Quebec, he fell in love withthe land and people of the Eastern Townships and neighboring Vermont.
He was fascinated by the history of the area and the connection between Vermont and Quebec. After extensive research, he wrote Raise the Flag and Sound the Cannon, which combines the mindset and reality of a bloody war with fictional characters who could well have been involved in this “most Northern battle of the Civil War”.
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