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Irish Brigade Monument

‘Good-By, Good-By’: Richard Byrnes Writes a Final Letter to His Wife

On 17th May 1864, Colonel Richard Byrnes of the 28th¬†Massachusetts¬†Infantry paid an early morning visit to Father William Corby, Chaplain of the Irish Brigade. A regular army officer before the war, the strict disciplinarian had been appointed to command of the 28th in the autumn of 1862. Now, on the bloody battlefield of Spotsylvania Court […]

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The Battle of Beaver Creek, 26th June 1862

Book Review: Memoir of Andrew J. Byrne

Andrew J. Byrne was born in Dublin in 1830. In 1898 he decided to commence writing his memoirs, which he finished in 1909, two years before his death. Superficially there seems to be nothing unusual about Byrne’s life; he was born in Dublin and died in Dublin, and spent much of his life employed in […]

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