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Storify: The #ForgottenIrish of Co. Kerry

The second Irish county to be covered as part of the #ForgottenIrish campaign on Twitter was Co. Kerry. This follows on from the first featured county, which was Cork. As promised for those of you not on the platform, I will continue to use Storify to bring together the tweets on each county in one […]

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Rations being distributed at Andersonville, Georgia, 1864. This scene is perhaps closer to the type of experience Colin had at Salisbury and Libby (Library of Congress)

‘Should this Book Be Ever Found on My Dead Body': A POW’s Fate and a Letter to Ireland

On the 27th January 1865 a Union prisoner of war was found dead in the yard of Salisbury Prison, North Carolina. The soldier, recently transferred from Libby Prison in Richmond, appeared to have died from a combination of exposure and disease. He apparently had no close friends to look out for him, so fellow prisoners […]

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Luke Ferriter (right) discusses the Sleeping Sentinel incident with Rev. Dr. William E. Barton (left) at Brattleboro in 1926 (Reminiscences about Abraham Lincoln)

‘We Were All Shaking in Nervousness': Luke Ferriter and Vermont’s ‘Sleeping Sentinel’

The night of 31st August 1861 found Private Luke Ferriter of the 3rd Vermont Infantry standing guard at the Chain Bridge on the Potomac river. He was sharing his sentry duty with two other men from the regiment, with each taking a two-hour shift. At midnight it was Luke’s turn to grab four hours of […]

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Seizing the Potato Crop of an Evicted Tenant (Library of Congress)

A Remarkable Famine Emigrant: Catherine Long and the Union Cause

This site covers the stories of numerous Irish Famine emigrants who later found themselves caught up in the American Civil War. Many of these stories deal with the consequences for those who suffered during the conflict, as thousands were forced to deal with a second great trauma in their lives. However, seismic disruptive events such […]

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Battle of Williamsburg, 5th May 1862 (Kurz and Allison, 1893)

‘Allow Me to Mingle My Tears': The Aftermath of a 22-Year-Old Irishman’s Death

On 5th May 1862, Kerryman Lieutenant Patrick Henry Hayes led Company G of the 37th New York ‘Irish Rifles’ into action at Williamsburg, Virginia. As they charged toward the enemy, Patrick and his men also had to contend with nature; a severe rainstorm hampered their progress through a dense pine forest, which was littered with […]

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