British economy is in freefall and the Government unstable. Britain’s only advantage is retaining the best navy in the World, so where better to attack her than 1,500 miles from the sea? The British Government considers the only threat to Canada is from an American invasion, which if it happened would be too overwhelming to resist. Accordingly there are currently only 15,000 regular troops stationed in the whole of the country. Mangan, now hooked on the notion, but falling back on his military experience, points out the problems. Assuming that Finbar is going to ask him if the forces under his command could be used, this will only provide 1,500 men at best. For the plan to work it needs at least 20,000, along with full armament. In addition a nucleus of this army would have to have first hand knowledge of the treacherous Canadian terrain. Finbar looks smug and his explanation of how this problem will be overcome satisfies Mangan, who now has one final objection. It will not be possible to assemble an Army of 20,000 men without somebody noticing. The British will have ample time to ship the necessary reinforcements. Finbar has thought about this. The British will think that the Army is being raised to invade Ireland. Mangan asks why they will think this. Finbar's answer is simple. It is what the Fenians will be told is happening. Mangan is, by now, speechless and on board.
57:Fort Emmet. Dakota Territory. November 1861
Early the following morning, Mangan and O’Neill arrive at Finbar’s quarters. Mangan had cleared it with Finbar to talk to O’Neill and, with Mangan assuming that Finbar will succeed in putting the final two pieces of the jigsaw in place, the two men had been up most of the night planning. They both felt that at least half of the Irishmen under their command, and maybe another 500, would readily volunteer, especially if the pay was good. As soon as he got the word from Finbar, Mangan would formally resign his commission. He would advise any settlers to leave the area immediately. Mangan and his men would be in Canada before word got to his superiors at St Paul. Mangan also wanted Finbar to leave on his journey north that day. The steamboat, the only form of transport that was remotely safe, was leaving at midday and looking at the weather there was every chance that this would be the last one for five months. Mangan insisted that O’Neill, and half a unit of men, bolster the normal guard on the