Tag Archives: Abraham Lincoln
Baby names was perhaps one of the more unlikely areas where Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis fought it out for supremacy (New York Historical Society)

A Regimental Child and the Baby Name Civil War

As newly formed regiments left their home states for the seat of war, many wives chose to accompany their men to the front. When the 37th New York ‘Irish Rifles’ settled into their duties around Washington in the summer of 1861, Private John Dooley had his family with him. Waiting in camp was his wife and […]

Continue Reading
The Irish in the American Civil War (History Press Ireland)

An Outline of ‘The Irish in the American Civil War’ Book

I am delighted to announce that my first book, ‘The Irish in the American Civil War’ published by The History Press Ireland, is now available. If you are interested, the best place to purchase the book is from The History Press Ireland website page, here. They will ship anywhere free of charge. In addition the […]

Continue Reading
Draft Rioters Burn the Colored Orphans Asylum, New York, July 1863 (Harper's Weekly/Library of Congress)

‘To Hate And Despise The Negro': Towards an Understanding of 1860s Irish Attitudes to African-Americans

150 years ago this month the one of the defining moments in nineteenth century American history occurred, when the Emancipation Proclamation took effect. Abraham Lincoln shifted the war from one to preserve the Union to a struggle to both restore that Union and free the enslaved African-American people. Perhaps the most challenging task when looking […]

Continue Reading
Democratic Party Poster for the 1864 election supporting McClellan and Pendleton (Image via Wikipedia)

McClellan or Lincoln? An Irish-American View of the 1864 Presidential Election

Today citizens of the United States go to the polls to elect their President. In that context it is interesting to look back at the key 1864 Presidential election, when the fundamental future direction of the country was at stake. Republican incumbent President Abraham Lincoln was being challenged by Democratic candidate George McClellan, and for a long […]

Continue Reading
James Rowan O'Beirne during the American Civil War

James Rowan O’Beirne and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

A previous post on the site explored the role of James Rowan O’Beirne in the hunt for John Wilkes Booth following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. When Journalist Jody Moylan got in touch with regard to American Civil War veterans who were natives of Roscommon, O’Beirne immediately sprang to mind. Jody was captivated by O’Beirne’s […]

Continue Reading
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 […]

Continue Reading
header-image1.jpg

President Abraham Lincoln and Hugh McLaughlin’s Pay

American Civil War soldiers would often have to go months without receiving their pay, a state of affairs they could do little about while away at the front. The 26th December 1895 issue of The National Tribune relates the story of one Irishman who took extraordinary steps to secure what he was owed. Finding himself […]

Continue Reading
header-4.jpg

The Harp and the Eagle

American Civil War historian Dr. Susannah J. Ural of the University of Southern Mississippi is the author of The Harp and the Eagle: Irish Volunteers and the Union Army, 1861-1865. Published in 2006, the book not only examines Irish motivation for joining the army, but also their changing attitudes to the war as it progressed. […]

Continue Reading
Header Image

Researching the New York Irish in the Civil War

This third post in the Internet Resources series takes a look at the website of the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center. The Museum’s mission is to ‘preserve, interpret and disseminate the story, history and records of New York State’s military forces and veterans.’ They have undoubtedly taken a giant leap towards achieving this […]

Continue Reading
header-4.jpg

Hunting John Wilkes Booth: The Man Who Led the Search for Lincoln’s Killer

The night of 14th April 1865 was one that Major James Rowan O’Beirne, Provost Marshal of the District of Columbia, would never forget. President Abraham Lincoln lay dying in William Petersen’s Boarding House, having been shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre. Secretary of State William Seward had been stabbed in his own home, […]

Continue Reading
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,138 other followers