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Map of Ireland showing nativity of members of the 23rd Illinois Infantry (Sara Nylund)

Resources: Birthplaces of Irish Soldiers

The site has featured a number of posts based on research I carried out on the birthplaces of the men of the 23rd Illinois Infantry (Mulligan’s Irish Brigade) which led to the production of a number of maps to show what countries, states and Irish counties men in that regiment came from. In addition friend […]

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Patrick J. Condon, 2nd New York State Militia and later Captain of Company G, 63rd New York, Irish Brigade. Born in Creeves, Co. Limerick. (Kane 2002: 118)

Face to Face with the Fenians: Mugshots of American Civil War Veterans, Part 2

Part 1 of this series examined the mugshots of ten American Civil War veterans, arrested in Ireland in 1866 for their involvement with the Fenian movement. This post looks at a further ten of these men whose photographs were taken in Mountjoy Prison that year. They form a part of the series of Fenian mugshots […]

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Map of Ireland showing nativity of members of the 23rd Illinois Infantry (Sara Nylund)

Following Them Home: Discovering the Birthplaces of Irish Soldiers in the 23rd Illinois

The last post looked at the nativity of soldiers in the 23rd Illinois Infantry, based on analysis of records pertaining to 1,585 of its men. The place of birth for 1,270 had been noted; of these 682 were from Ireland. Where were these Irishmen from? How many Irish counties were represented? Were any concentrations discernible? In […]

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Map of North America showing nativity of members of the 23rd Illinois Infantry (Sara Nylund)

Where Were ‘Irish’ Soldiers From?: A Case Study of the 23rd Illinois Infantry

The ‘green flag’ regiments of the Union army remain the most recognisable expression of Irish involvement in the American Civil War. These ethnic Irish units were proud of their heritage and sought to combine this with their loyalty to Union, often by carrying green flags amongst their colours or bearing epithets such as the ‘Irish […]

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The Irish Boys at the Battle of Lexington

A Washington D.C. newspaper, The National Republican, ran a piece in their May 1st 1862 issue claiming that Irishmen in Confederate service had refused to fire on the United States flag during an engagement. Although most probably a propaganda story, it was committed to verse for the benefit of readers. The poem also includes Colonel […]

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