On 2nd May 1863, 150 years ago, hordes of Confederate troops appeared as if from nowhere and descended on the unsuspecting Yankees of the Eleventh Corps in the Virginia Wilderness. The blow Stonewall Jackson’s Rebels delivered to the Federal flank during the Battle of Chancellorsville is remembered as one of the most famous and brilliant actions of […]
The last year has seen the publication of not one but two books on Sir Peter Tait and his production of uniforms for the Confederacy. A previous review discussed Imported Confederate Uniforms of Peter Tait & Co., Limerick, Ireland by Frederick R. Adolphus. Now Craig L. Barry and David C. Burt have joined forces to produce Supplier to […]
Sir Peter Tait’s Clothing Factory in Limerick has been the topic of a number of posts on this site. Tait was a regular producer of uniforms for the British Army, but in 1864 entered into a contract which was somewhat unusual. This saw the factory make large numbers of uniforms for the Confederacy, with these […]
The Confederate uniforms produced in Limerick and shipped through the Union blockade have been the subject of a previous post on Irish in the American Civil War. The remains of the factory are still visible in Limerick today, and its owner Sir Peter Tait’s memory lives on through one of the city’s most recognisable monuments.
The remarkable story of the Confederate uniforms made in Limerick and shipped to the South through the Federal Blockade. Sir Peter Tait was born in Scotland in 1828, but moved to Limerick at a young age. In 1844 he obtained a job working as a shop assistant in the Cumine and Mitchell department store. However, […]