Tag Archives: Emigration
The Battle of Gaines' Mill, 1862, where Bernard Quinn and other U.S. Regulars Excelled (Alfred Waud, Library of Congress)

The Personal Story of Bernard Quinn: Irish Emigrant, U.S. Soldier

The sheer scale of the American Civil War makes it often impossible to comprehend. The great armies, grand charges and huge casualty figures that typify the conflict make it difficult for us to bridge the gap of time and experience that separates us from those who were there in the 1860s. Narrowing our view to look at […]

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The 1862 'Tiffany' Color of the 69th New York, Presented by President Kennedy to the Irish People in 1963

The Time Has Come for ‘A History of the Irish in 100 Objects’

Noted Irish journalist Fintan O’Toole recently produced an excellent series of articles- later turned into a highly attractive book- titled A History of Ireland in 100 Objects. It has rightly received much attention, and was made available for free electronically in the month of March to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, The Gathering and Ireland’s Presidency […]

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Map of Ireland showing nativity of members of the 23rd Illinois Infantry (Sara Nylund)

Following Them Home: Discovering the Birthplaces of Irish Soldiers in the 23rd Illinois

The last post looked at the nativity of soldiers in the 23rd Illinois Infantry, based on analysis of records pertaining to 1,585 of its men. The place of birth for 1,270 had been noted; of these 682 were from Ireland. Where were these Irishmen from? How many Irish counties were represented? Were any concentrations discernible? In […]

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Map of North America showing nativity of members of the 23rd Illinois Infantry (Sara Nylund)

Where Were ‘Irish’ Soldiers From?: A Case Study of the 23rd Illinois Infantry

The ‘green flag’ regiments of the Union army remain the most recognisable expression of Irish involvement in the American Civil War. These ethnic Irish units were proud of their heritage and sought to combine this with their loyalty to Union, often by carrying green flags amongst their colours or bearing epithets such as the ‘Irish […]

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St. Mary's Church of Ireland Church, where Patrick Cleburne was baptised

A Confederate Agent in Ireland

In July 1863 Lieutenant J.L. Capston, a cavalry officer, received a letter from Confederate Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin indicating that he was to be reassigned. His destination was Ireland, and his task was to use legitimate means to counteract the work of agents of the United States operating there. His ultimate mission was […]

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Irish Pressed into Federal Service?

The Irish Times runs a regular column entitled ‘From the Archives’ where stories from past issues of the paper are reprinted. A recent inclusion was a report from their correspondent in New York in 1864 which claimed that many Irish were being effectively abducted from the quayside by unscrupulous fellow countrymen, who sought to gain […]

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