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The 12th Illinois wore a Tam o'Shanter style cap, recognizing their other designation as the 'First Scotch Regiment' (Library of Congress)

The Dying Request: An Irish Soldier Seeks to Secure His Daughters’ Future at Shiloh, 1862

On the evening of 6th April 1862, at Pittsburgh Landing, Tennessee, the men of the 12th Illinois Infantry trudged back to their quarters after a hard day’s fighting. Having just endured the first day of the Battle of Shiloh, the soldiers gathered around their tents to discuss what they had just experienced. The danger, though, […]

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A Union Sergeant and his Wife during the American Civil War (Library of Congress)

Broken Homes: Irish Soldiers’ Attempts to Reunite their Families

Previous posts have looked at the ‘Information Wanted’ ads placed in Irish-American newspapers during the 1860s, where family members sought to discover the fate of soldiers who went missing during the war (see here and here). The conflict split families apart, and papers like the Boston Pilot also carried ads from serving and recently mustered-out […]

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