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An 1865 plan of the dispositions at Fort Blakely, Alabama in April 1865, where John Patton was made a prisoner for the last time (Wikipedia)

‘So Mote It Be': A Ramelton, Co. Donegal Mason in the Confederate Army

Surviving the American Civil War was no guarantee of a long and healthy life. Donegal native John Patton had served with distinction throughout the four years of conflict, first with the New ¬†Orleans Crescent Rifles and subsequently in the 1st Mississippi Light Artillery. Despite all the hazards he had endured, death came for him at […]

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Federal troops in Corinth Mississippi during winter 1862 (Photographic History of the Civil War)

‘Faugh A Ballagh!': The 17th Wisconsin at Corinth

The morning of 3rd October 1862 had not gone well for Major-General William Starke Rosecran’s Union forces. Holding the northern Mississippi town of Corinth, they had been attacked around 10am by Confederate forces of Major-General Earl Van Dorn’s Army of West Tennessee.¬†By early afternoon, pressure on the Federal advanced position had grown so great that […]

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The Battle of Corinth

Medal of Honor: Sergeant Dennis J.F. Murphy, 14th Wisconsin Infantry

Over the coming months Irish in the American Civil War will be looking at some of the 146 Irish born men who were awarded the Medal of Honor for displaying bravery and heroism during the conflict. In the first we look at Sergeant Dennis J.F. Murphy* of the 14th Wisconsin Infantry, who was presented with […]

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