Tag Archives: Irish History
An Infographic of Irish Involvement in American Civil War

An Infographic of Irish Involvement in the American Civil War

As part of the teaching process with Masters students in University College Cork’s Digital Arts and Humanities Programme I have been exploring the world of infographics and their potential to communicate information in an attractive and easy to digest manner. For those of us without substantial graphic design or software skills there are a number […]

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Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address (Library of Congress)

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

I have a number of speaking engagements coming up over the next few months, many of which relate to the theme of the Irish in the American Civil War. I have included details below, so if you find yourself nearby please consider popping along!   The History Festival of Ireland, Duckett’s Grove, Co. Carlow Sunday […]

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

Updates and Milestones

Regular readers will note that posts on the site have been somewhat infrequent of late. The main reason for this is that a number of months ago I was approached by a publishing house here in Ireland. They asked me to consider writing a book based upon some of the stories I have touched on […]

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Irish American Civil War Trail

Irish American Civil War Trail Logo Design

Some of you will be familiar with efforts that I and a number of colleagues in Ireland are making with regard to an American Civil War trail in Ireland, hopefully to be accompanied by some form of all-island memorial. For any of you interested in reading a little more about this project check out our […]

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The Irish in the American Civil War Reading List

The Books section of the site is intended to be a comprehensive resource of all relevant books published since 1861 on the Irish experience of the Civil War. It has now grown to 146 titles, and is, as far as I am aware, the most complete listing of books on the Irish in the war […]

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Irish Blog Awards

Irish in the American Civil War Shortlisted for 2011 Irish Blog Awards

Irish in the American Civil War has been shortlisted in the Best Arts & Culture Blog category for the 2011 Irish Blog Awards. There are a number of other excellent blogs in the section and it is a great honour to be included- many thanks to the judges for selecting it for the shortlist. I […]

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Cleburne Park, Franklin, Tennessee. The site where Patrick Cleburne was killed, exceptional efforts led to the restoration of this part of the battlefield, formerly the site of a Pizza Hut

The Death of Major-General Patrick Cleburne

In the early afternoon of 30th November 1864 Brigadier-General Daniel C. Govan stood with his Division Commander Major-General Patrick Cleburne on Winstead Hill, Tennessee. As they prepared their troops for an attack on the fortified Federal positions around the town of Franklin, Govan looked out across the exposed plain over which the Army of Tennessee […]

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A Poem for the Irish Battalion

The 1st Battalion, Virginia Infantry Regulars were organised in May 1861 of Irishmen from Hanover county and the city of Richmond. Its five companies were known as the ‘Irish Battalion’. It fought in many engagements from First Manassas to Fredericksburg, and later in the war was assigned to General Headquarters and as Provost Guard for […]

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General Smyth

The Last to Fall: Thomas Alfred Smyth at Farmville

Thomas Alfred Smyth was born a farmer’s son in Ballyhooly, Co. Cork on Christmas Day 1832. He emigrated to the United States at the age of 21, taking part in William Walker’s Nicaragua expedition before settling down to life as a coachmaker in Wilmington, Delaware. When war broke out he quickly became an officer, first […]

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St. Patrick's Day in the Army- General Meagher Distributing the Prizes by Edwin Forbes (Library of Congress)

Meagher Recruits for the Irish Brigade

On October 7th 1861, the New York Times reported on a meeting organised to recruit Irishmen for the proposed Irish Brigade. As the famed orator Thomas Francis Meagher took to the stage in the Academy of Music, the paper’s reporter succeeded in capturing the mood of the moment, down to the cheers and hisses of […]

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