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Irish American Civil War Trail

Irish American Civil War Trail Logo Design

Some of you will be familiar with efforts that I and a number of colleagues in Ireland are making with regard to an American Civil War trail in Ireland, hopefully to be accompanied by some form of all-island memorial. For any of you interested in reading a little more about this project check out our […]

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The American Civil War Memorial in Old Calton Cemetery, Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s American Civil War Memorial

On a recent trip to Edinburgh I took the opportunity to visit an unusual monument in one of the Scottish capital’s picturesque burial grounds. Within Old Calton Cemetery is a memorial to those Scots who served the Union cause- the only American Civil War memorial outside the United States. The cemetery is positioned in a […]

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Thomas Francis Meagher Memorial Flyer

A Memorial for Thomas Francis Meagher

Historic Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York is currently fundraising for a memorial to Brigadier-General Thomas Francis Meagher. A bronze-relief of the leader of the Irish Brigade has been designed by sculptor Ron Tunison, to be placed beside the grave of Meagher’s widow, Elizabeth Townsend Meagher. Following her husband’s death she lamented the fact that […]

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Captain Patrick Clooney Memorial Restoration Fund

A new blog site has been established by James Doherty entitled Waterford Civil War Veterans, dedicated to exploring that county’s contribution in the American Civil War. One of the site’s main aims is to raise money for the restoration of the Captain Patrick Clooney memorial, erected shortly after his death at Ballybricken Church, near his […]

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The American Civil War and Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin

Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin is the largest in Ireland, with over one million burials since it first opened in 1832. Amongst the headstones are a number of graves and memorials to men who served far away from Dublin, representing both North and South in the American Civil War. A recent visit to the Cemetery brought […]

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Tait Clothing Factory

Peter Tait’s Limerick

The Confederate uniforms produced in Limerick and shipped through the Union blockade have been the subject of a previous post on Irish in the American Civil War. The remains of the factory are still visible in Limerick today, and its owner Sir Peter Tait’s memory lives on through one of the city’s most recognisable monuments.

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Irish Brigade Soldier Remembered in South Carolina

A veteran of the Union’s Irish Brigade was yesterday honoured in the town of Belton, South Carolina. Sergeant Thomas Callaghan had fought against the Confederacy during the Civil War, but following the conflict elected to move South to make his home amongst his former enemies. He worked as a carpenter and spent the remainder of […]

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Father Corby at Gettysburg (Memoirs of Chaplain Life)

Father Corby Statue 100 Year Anniversary

A recent post told the story of Father Corby’s absolution of the Irish Brigade at Gettysburg in 1863. A statue of the chaplain was erected at the battlefield on the 29th October 1910, and will soon celebrate its 100th birthday. To commemorate the occasion the Father William Corby Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, […]

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Bride Park Cottage, Killumney, Co. Cork. Birthplace of Major-General Patrick Cleburne, C.S.A.

Patrick Ronayne Cleburne’s Cork

Major-General Patrick Cleburne became the highest ranking Irishman to serve in the American Civil War. Starting the conflict as Captain of the Yell Rifles in Helena, Arkansas, he rose to become one of the most famous divisional generals in the Confederate forces. His fighting abilities earned him the nickname ‘Stonewall of the West’, and the […]

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Thomas Francis Meagher Memorial, The Mall, Waterford

Thomas Francis Meagher’s Waterford

Following  the Young Irelander’s failed uprising in 1848, Thomas Francis Meagher was found guilty of high treason on 22nd October and was transported to Van Diemen’s Land. He was destined never to return to Ireland, instead escaping to the United States where he would later lead the Irish Brigade in the American Civil War. His […]

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