Tag Archives: James Shields
The final Confederate retreat at the Battle of Kernstown by Alfred Waud (Library of Congress)

The 1st Virginia (Irish) Battalion at Kernstown, 1862

On 23rd March 1862¬†Stonewall Jackson entered into his first serious clash in the Shenandoah Valley, at the Battle of Kernstown. The fight was part of what became known as the 1862 Valley Campaign, a series of engagements that would make Jackson a legend. However, at Kernstown the Confederate General had miscalculated; he had mistaken a […]

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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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