Fenian Attack on Fort Erie
Captain Lachlan McCallum and his Dunnville Naval Brigade were called into service in June 1866 when the Fenians invaded at Fort Erie. McCallum's tugboat, the W.T. Robb transported the men to Port Colborne to pick up troops being assembled to fight the Fenians. They were brought to Fort Erie where an attack had occured the previous day and took several Fenians prisoner, but found that most of the enemy had moved on.
However, another band of 1000 Fenians were approaching Fort Erie at the time, and McCallum and some members of his brigade fought with the Fenians before meeting up with the W.T. Robb, which had embarked with the prisoners and volunteers. For his service, McCallum was presented with a sword by the County of Welland (along with Captain King), and their men were awarded medals.