Tag Archives: Recruitment
Colors of the 20th Maine Infantry (Image via Wikipedia)

‘Watch the Man’s Movements': Illegal Recruitment for the Union in Ireland, Part One

A previous post explored the case of the USS Kearsarge, which caused a major diplomatic incident when she illegally recruited in the port of Queenstown (now Cobh), Co. Cork during the war. It was not the only time when questionable recruitment tactics led to friction between Britain and the United States. In 1864 the actions of a […]

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American Civil War Recruitment Poster for The Phoenix Regiment (Civil War Treasures from the New York Historical Society, via Library of Congress

Federal Recruitment of Irish Militiamen during the American Civil War

Will Butler is currently undertaking research on the Irish amateur military tradition in the British Army between 1854 and 1945. As he explains below, Will has come across intriguing evidence for the efforts of Federal recruiters to tap into this manpower pool in Ireland, as they sought to augment Union armies during the Civil War. […]

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Recruitment Poster for Corcoran's Irish legion (Civil War Treasures from the New York Historical Society, via Library of Congress)

Discussion and Debate: ‘On Stereotyping Irish Soldiers’

As the Irish in the American Civil War site continues to develop it is intended that the regular articles will be interspersed with ‘Discussion and Debate’ pieces, aimed at stimulating dialogue and asking or posing specific questions about the Irish experience of the war. Certain topics will include follow-on posts, allowing for responses or differing […]

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Federal Recruitment in Ireland during the American Civil War

By 1864 there was very little popular support remaining in Ireland for the American Civil War. Added to this there was a perception (whether real or imagined) that Federal agents were extremely active in the country, either directly recruiting Irishmen for service in the Union army or duping them into taking passage across the Atlantic […]

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St. Mary's Church of Ireland Church, where Patrick Cleburne was baptised

A Confederate Agent in Ireland

In July 1863 Lieutenant J.L. Capston, a cavalry officer, received a letter from Confederate Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin indicating that he was to be reassigned. His destination was Ireland, and his task was to use legitimate means to counteract the work of agents of the United States operating there. His ultimate mission was […]

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