Tag Archives: Widows Pension File
The post offices in Ireland where US military pensions were being collected in 1883. The points are scaled to highlight areas with multiple pensioners. What is apparent is the coverage of the entire country (Damian Shiels/Palladio)

Visualising the Impact of the American Civil War in Ireland with Palladio

I have been building a database of information relating to the 219 U.S. military pensioners who were recorded as living in Ireland in 1883. These pensioners and their families have been the topic of numerous posts on the site and I hope in the future will form the basis for a book recounting their stories. […]

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Pension application for the widow of Barney Gibbons of Company K. She would have received the news in September that her husband had been killed at the Battle of Chantilly.

Counting the Cost: Reporting 28th Massachusetts Casualties after Second Bull Run and Chantilly

  150 years ago this week the Battles of Second Bull Run and Chantilly were fought in Virginia. The engagements are amongst the least well-known of the 1862 clashes in the Eastern Theater, overshadowed as they are by the battles such as the Seven Days, Antietam and Fredericksburg. However for the 28th Massachusetts Infantry these […]

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An extract for the document where Mary Casey (nee McCormick) grants power of attorney regarding her pension application. She has made her mark with an 'X' in the bottom right.

‘Any One Finding This Note…': A 69th New York Soldier Prepares for His Death

The Irish Brigade’s first taste of active campaigning arrived in the summer of 1862, when Union forces advanced along the Peninsula towards Richmond. They had yet to experience serious action when they settled into ‘Camp Winfield Scott’, near Yorktown in April. Despite the absence of the enemy, death arrived in unexpected circumstances for one member […]

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