(Another) Canadien in the American Civil War: Cyprien Racine Becomes George Root

Reblogged from this blog.


In an earlier post I told the story of Philibert Racine alias Philip F. Root. Philibert was a Canadien veteran of the Civil War and the brother of two of my great-great-grandmothers. He served with the First Vermont Battery Light Artillery that saw action in the Red River campaign in Louisiana.

I mentioned in that post that Philibert reportedly had a brother who called himself George S. Root who served in this same unit in the Civil War. I surmised that “George” was an alias for Cyprien Racine, baptized May 30, 1843 at Saint-Damase-de-Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec. I believe that I can now confirm the theory that George S. Root was Cyprien.

A Canadien in the American Civil War

Reblogged from here…


Many Canadiens fought in both the Revolutionary War and the American Civil War. Estimates for the number of Canadiens who fought in the latter conflict range as high as 20,000. A love of adventure and the desire for employment seems to have been the main motives for these very young men who heard the calls to arms in the 1860s.

Philibert Racine, the brother of two of my great-great-grandmothers (my grandparents were second cousins) was among these Canadien veterans of the Civil War. Philibert was born on June 20, 1845, and baptized at Saint-Pie, Bagot County, Québec (known as “Lower Canada” at the time).  Following his father Prudent Racine’s involvement in the Patriotes War of 1837 (see previous post) the Racines lived briefly in Vermont before returning to the Eastern Townships region of Québec in the early 1850s where they settled eventually  at Roxton Falls.

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Five Months and a Day

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The Red Cedar

For the past several months I have been actively involved in organizing the petition for Michigan’s first French Canadian Heritage Day and putting a lot of energy into building, promoting, and editing the blog Voyageur Heritage. It has been both a learning experience (a good one) and a pleasure to get to know so many people as interest grew in this project. That alone is a good result, on a personal level.

But on a wider level, I feel equally as satisfied that the work we have done as a committee and as a community has made a difference. October 4, 2013, five months and a day since this project begin, is really just a beginning. From the outset, my hope was not to just get a special day for French Canadians in Michigan. More importantly my personal goal was to raise awareness. If this one day were…

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