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The post offices in Ireland where US military pensions were being collected in 1883. The points are scaled to highlight areas with multiple pensioners. What is apparent is the coverage of the entire country (Damian Shiels/Palladio)

Visualising the Impact of the American Civil War in Ireland with Palladio

I have been building a database of information relating to the 219 U.S. military pensioners who were recorded as living in Ireland in 1883. These pensioners and their families have been the topic of numerous posts on the site and I hope in the future will form the basis for a book recounting their stories. […]

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A Company of the 170th New York Infantry, Corcoran's Irish Legion, 1863 (Library of Congress)

The Ages and Origins of the Union’s Irish Soldiers

In 1869 Benjamin Apthorp Gould published Investigations in the Military and Anthropological Statistics of American Soldiers. Very much a scientific work of its time, it explored topics such as the nativity and ages of Union volunteers together with examinations of physical characteristics such as stature, complexion, dimension and proportions of the head and pulmonary capacity, to name […]

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Officers and men of the 9th Massachusetts (Library of Congress)

The Losses of 21 Irish Regiments during the American Civil War

The latest addition to the Resources section of the site are the fatality details of 21 Irish regiments who served the Union during the Civil War. Check out the ‘More Resources’ tab on the top right of the site and access the drop down menu to see what else is available. In 1889 William F. […]

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The area where the Fetterman Fight took place (Photo:Junkerjorg)

Irish Casualties of the Fetterman Fight- A Complete List

After a number of weeks work a new page has been added to the site, which looks at those Irish-born men who died in the Fetterman Fight. This action took place on 21st December 1866 and involved the annihilation of a command of 81 men from Fort Phil Kearney- the worst disaster to befall United […]

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The Battle of Jonesboro, Georgia in 1864. (Currier & Ives)

American Civil War Veterans in Ireland: Part 2

A previous post looked at a number of Irish veterans who returned to the land of their birth following the American Civil War and received a pension for their services, delivered to their local post office. Part 2 of the series looks at a further eight veterans who are recorded on the 1883 ‘List of Pensioners on the […]

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Increase in pension for Seaman Peter Keefe for the loss of his leg, to be directed to a Post Office in Piltown, Co. Kilkenny (Fold3)

American Civil War Veterans in Ireland: Part 1

Reminders of the American Civil War abound in the United States. Even regions far from the battlefield can point to local memorials and veterans graves as a reminder of those tumultuous times. In contrast, there is little on the island of Ireland to remind its citizens of the nearly 200,000 Irish involved in the war. […]

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Irish Born Brevet Generals: A New Resource on Irish in the American Civil War

A new resource page has been added to the Irish in the American Civil War site, providing brief biographies of the 32 Irish born men who were breveted Brigadier-Generals. The page has drawn on Roger D. Hunt and Jack R. Brown’s 1990 Brevet Brigadier Generals in Blue as a source for the men’s birthplace and […]

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A Civil War Library Online

In the fourth of our Internet Resources series we examine the Internet Archive, a non-profit resource set up in 1996 and based in San Francisco. At the site you can access a vast amount of information, most notably through the search engine function which allows you to locate and read a vast array of texts […]

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After Action Reports

The main purpose of this site is to operate as a resource tool for those interested in the Irish experience of the American Civil War. To that end a new page has been created where the battle reports of wholly and partly Irish units will be added over the coming months. It will be consistently […]

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Irish in the American Civil War: New Media

In order to increase the site’s visibility and to facilitate dissemination and discussion Irish in the American Civil War now has a presence on some other social media sites. If you are a member of facebook be sure to check out the new Irish in the American Civil War facebook fanpage that can be accessed […]

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