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Draft Rioters Burn the Colored Orphans Asylum, New York, July 1863 (Harper's Weekly/Library of Congress)

‘To Hate And Despise The Negro': Towards an Understanding of 1860s Irish Attitudes to African-Americans

150 years ago this month the one of the defining moments in nineteenth century American history occurred, when the Emancipation Proclamation took effect. Abraham Lincoln shifted the war from one to preserve the Union to a struggle to both restore that Union and free the enslaved African-American people. Perhaps the most challenging task when looking […]

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Colonel O'Brien attacked outside the Drugstore (Harper's Weekly)

Irish Colonels: Henry F. O’Brien, 11th New York Infantry

Over 25 Irishmen served as Colonels in units raised in the State of New York. Many are well-known, having served in ethnic Irish regiments such as those of the Irish Brigade and Corcoran’s Legion. Perhaps one of the least recognisable, and certainly one of the most tragic, is Colonel Henry F. O’Brien. He took over […]

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