Raise the Flag and Sound the Cannon is a historical novel based upon a raid by Confederate soldiers that took place in St. Albans, Vermont, on October 10, 1864, 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 this raid a military action.”rnCanada’s response may surprise you.