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The Green and the Gray by David T. Gleeson (UNC Press)

Book Review: The Green and the Gray- The Irish in the Confederate States of America

The study of the Irish experience of the American Civil War has always been a popular topic, yet it is striking how many facets are yet to be explored in detail. Over recent years, historian David T. Gleeson has set his sights on one of these- trying to understand the Irish experience in the South. […]

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Phil Sheridan as Commander of the Army of the Potomac's Cavalry in 1864 (Photographic History of the Civil War)

Book Review: Terrible Swift Sword- The Life of General Philip H. Sheridan

Philip Henry Sheridan is widely regarded as one of the triumvirate of Union Generals (along with Grant and Sherman) who won the American Civil War. An often controversial individual, ‘Little Phil’ was a larger than life character who enjoyed a meteoric rise to high-command during the conflict. Joseph Wheelan’s new biography looks at the Irishman’s […]

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John Dooley's Civil War

Book Review: John Dooley’s Civil War

Richmond native John Dooley served in the First Virginia Infantry Regiment between 1862 and 1865. The Dooleys were one of the South’s most prominent Irish-American families, and counted figures such as John Mitchel amongst their family friends. Both during and after the conflict John Dooley recorded his experiences in the Confederate army, offering an insight […]

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Grant at Mount McGregor working on his Memoirs. At this point he had a large tumor on the side of his neck (Library of Congress)

Book Review: Grant’s Final Victory

Ulysses S. Grant is best remembered as the Union commander who finally defeated Robert E. Lee, and as a two-term President of the United States. His Personal Memoirs has become one of the most famous and widely read of military texts, and is a staple of anyone interested in the American Civil War. In Grant’s Final […]

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Supplier to the Confederacy, Peter Tait & Co, Limerick

Book Review: Supplier to the Confederacy, Peter Tait & Co, Limerick

The last year has seen the publication of not one but two books on Sir Peter Tait and his production of uniforms for the Confederacy. A previous review discussed Imported Confederate Uniforms of Peter Tait & Co., Limerick, Ireland by Frederick R. Adolphus. Now Craig L. Barry and David C. Burt have joined forces to produce Supplier to […]

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Civil War Citizens

Book Review: Civil War Citizens- Race, Ethnicity and Identity in America’s Bloodiest Conflict

The Irish experience of the American Civil War was not necessarily the same as that of the native-born white American majority who bore witness to the conflict. As a distinct ethnic grouping within 19th century America they often had different motivations for engaging (or disengaging) with the war, which tended to be grounded in their […]

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Book Review: Imported Confederate Uniforms of Peter Tait & Co., Limerick, Ireland

Sir Peter Tait’s Clothing Factory in Limerick has been the topic of a number of posts on this site. Tait was a regular producer of uniforms for the British Army, but in 1864 entered into a contract which was somewhat unusual. This saw the factory make large numbers of uniforms for the Confederacy, with these […]

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Notre Dame and the Civil War

Book Review: Notre Dame and the Civil War

The University of Notre Dame, Indiana, has had a long standing connection to Ireland. This relationship continues to this day,with the University home to initiatives such as the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, and of course the famous ‘Fighting Irish’ sports teams. Now author James M. Schmidt has produced a book which charts Notre Dame’s […]

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The Battle of Beaver Creek, 26th June 1862

Book Review: Memoir of Andrew J. Byrne

Andrew J. Byrne was born in Dublin in 1830. In 1898 he decided to commence writing his memoirs, which he finished in 1909, two years before his death. Superficially there seems to be nothing unusual about Byrne’s life; he was born in Dublin and died in Dublin, and spent much of his life employed in […]

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Chicago Irish Legion

Book Review: Chicago’s Irish Legion

Books on Irish regiments in the Civil War have long focused on the Eastern Theatre, most specifically on those units in the Army of the Potomac who formed the Irish Brigade. Although the Western Theatre is now beginning to ‘see some action’ in terms of books on the Irish experience, it has tended to focus on […]

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