Irish in the American Civil War Needs Your Votes!

I am pleased to say that the Irish in the American Civil War has been shortlisted in two categories for the Blog Awards Ireland. Many thanks to those who nominated the blog for the long-list initially, and to all of who you have taken the time to read my posts over the last five years. The next phase of judging will select the finalists for the awards, and includes a public vote element which accounts for 30% of the overall mark. Although perhaps not quite as vital a vote as that 1864 example illustrated below, I would still be very appreciative of your support! If you are so inclined, you can vote for the site in the Education & Science category by clicking here and in the Art & Culture Category by clicking here. I have also added links to the voting areas in the blog’s sidebar.

Pennsylvania soldiers of the Army of the James voting in the 1864 Presidential election (Library of Congress)

Pennsylvania soldiers of the Army of the James voting in the 1864 Presidential election (Library of Congress)


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Author:Damian Shiels

I am an archaeologist based in Ireland, specialising in conflict archaeology.

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29 Comments on “Irish in the American Civil War Needs Your Votes!”

  1. Jack
    September 8, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    Congratulations!! That’s incredible. I’ve been following your blog since last year when I did a research project on Irish, German, and Scandinavian regiments that fought for Wisconsin in the Union army during the Civil War. I wondered if there were any interesting stories you might have posted on topics such as the 17th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment (if not that’s okay). Unfortunately I’ve been busy even working on that project so I haven’t had much time to comment on your posts. Keep up the good work!

  2. September 8, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

    You got my vote in both, Damian. Your excellent site deserves the support.

  3. Brian Nolan
    September 8, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

    Voted #1 for you in both categories. Best of Luck. Brian Nolan, Galway Walks

  4. September 9, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

    Best of luck! On your dedication and excellent blogging and research

  5. September 9, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

    I re-activated an IRISH Regiment formed in St. Louis, MO

  6. Pat Young
    September 11, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    I voted. You need to bold the link.

    • September 11, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

      Thanks Pat! And a good suggestion, which I have followed!

      • Pat Young
        September 11, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

        When is the last day to vote?

        I am promoting it on Civil War Talk message board as well.

      • September 13, 2015 at 9:01 am #

        Hi Pat, THanks for doing that! It is the 21st September as far as I know.

  7. September 15, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

    Voted for ya in both categories Damian. Best of luck!

  8. September 22, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

    Reblogged this on A SILVER VOICE FROM IRELAND and commented:
    An exceptionally well researched blog that highlights the lives and fate of hundreds of thousands of Irish emigrants who were caught up the American Civil War, that is researched and written in the author’s spare time. He has revealed a very important resource for genealogical reserach, historical research and social history research that remains largely unstudied! If you can take a few moments to vote for this blog in the Blog Awards Ireland 2015, it would be much appreciated! Thank you!

  9. September 22, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

    Reblogged this on West Cork History.

  10. September 23, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    My Bohemian Great great grandfather was in An Illinois regiment and died at Shiloh. His wife had 4 children to raise alone in a new country. Great history blog!

    • September 25, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks for the comment- what was his name?

      • June 8, 2016 at 4:18 pm #

        Sorry took so long to find this. His daughter’s name was Pauline Myrtengren. I am trying to find his first name. When he joined the Illinois Reg, they shortened his name to Green. He had wife and 4 kids. His wife fought for $5 a mo pension. Verbal history from Mom Betsy Gerdt. She was in the Daughters of Union Veterans.

      • July 1, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

        Hi Mary,

        Have you tried looking at the Illinois Muster Roll Database? It may be of use:

      • July 1, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

        Thanks! Have a great July 4th!

      • July 1, 2016 at 7:05 pm #

        I found him! Charles M. Green. Swede settler. He had wife and 4 kids but listed as single. Thanks again.

      • July 5, 2016 at 9:05 am #

        Hi Mary,

        Thats great news! No problem at all.

        Kind Regards,


  11. Russell Roe
    November 1, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

    Hello Damian, My grandmother Mamie Dougherty was the granddaughter of Michael Dougherty. My cousins have done more research on him than I, what is your book title, and where can I get it? Thank You Russell Roe

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