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|I believe Hellcat is talking about the Confederate 5th Column. THey were spies and propagandists for the Southern cause operating out of Canada. I don't believe they were actual soldiers.
Another thing to think about is if England would enter the conflict....what would the Russians have done. The Czar was a forward thinker like Lincoln. He really liked the guy. The reason he would sell Alaska to us was to stick it to British Canada. He had it out for the British and French ever since the Crimean War where they sided with the Turks against him. He even parked his fleet in New York and San Fran warm water ports when it appeared Russia was on the verge of war with England in 1862-63. The American Civil War could have turned into World War 1.