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The grave of Medal of Honor recipient Martin McHugh (Machelle Long)

Can You Help Find Medal of Honor Recipient Martin McHugh’s Descendants?

A previous post on the site looked at the efforts in 2012 to honour Seaman Martin McHugh in Danville, Illinois. A Medal of Honor recipient for his actions aboard the USS Cincinnati at Vicksburg on 27th May 1863, Martin had lain in an unmarked grave for over 100 years. Machelle Long played a central role in having Martin remembered […]

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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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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 […]

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Albert D.J. Cashier Pension Index Card

Jennie Hodgers: The Irishwoman Who Fought as a Man in the Union Army

Private Albert D.J. Cashier served in the ranks of the 95th Illinois from their muster in on 4th September 1862 until they were discharged in August 1865. A member of the regiment’s Company G, he witnessed some hard fighting at battles such as Vicksburg and Nashville. A comrade later remembered that he was the shortest […]

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Irish Themed Union Envelope (Civil War Treasures from the New York Historical Society, via Library of Congress)

Discussion and Debate: A Response to ‘On Stereotyping Irish Soldiers’

The first in our ‘Discussion and Debate’ series saw author Jim Swan put forward an article ‘On Stereotyping Irish Soldiers’. Among the works cited in the piece was The Harp and the Eagle: Irish-American Volunteers and the Union Army, 1861-1865, written by Professor Susannah Ural of the University of Southern Mississippi (for a lecture she […]

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General James Shields during the Civil War

The Duel That Almost Changed History: James Shields Challenges Abraham Lincoln

History is filled with ‘what if’ moments, those occasions where a slightly different result or outcome may have radically altered history as we know it. One such moment occurred on 22nd September 1842, when Co. Tyrone native James Shields prepared to face a fellow Illinois politician in a duel. Shields’ opponent had selected swords as […]

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