Although the main focus of this site is (and will remain) the Irish experience of the American Civil War, I thought readers may also be interested in some work I am conducting on a later aspect of the U.S. military, exploring the impact on Ireland of the thousands of Americans who were stationed here during World War One. The work is part of a project I have established entitled the U.S. in Ireland Centenary Project, an undertaking of the Midleton Archaeology & Heritage Project, which I run as part of my role in Rubicon Heritage. In my spare time over recent months I have been carrying out various elements of research into the American presence, which was particularly strong around Cork Harbour close to where I live. In the coming months and years new elements of this work will be available on the site, but the first elements are already live.
My initial focus has been on the social impact of the American presence, and so I spent a considerable length of time trawling through U.S. passport applications to identify Irish women who married American servicemen during the conflict, a decision which fundamentally changed the course of their lives. In addition to providing biographical information, these applications also offer us another rare insight- photographs of the women themselves. You can view their stories here:
As regular readers will be aware, I am a big fan of visualising data. One platform I have used on the site before is Palladio (to map American military pensioners in Ireland, see here). I once again made use of this innovative tool to map both where these Irish women were from, and where they intended to travel to in the United States. You can see the results of that here:
Many of the buildings and sites used by American forces in Ireland still survive, revealing something of the impact the naval services had on the landscape. In the first of a number of videos to explore such remains, the example below examines the U.S. Naval Air Station at Aghada, on Cork Harbour:
The next of the World War One posts is due to look at the baseball games that American sailors participated in during their time in Ireland, to the fascination of local audiences. If you are interested in keeping up with these posts, do check out the dedicated project page on the Midleton Archaeology & Heritage blog from time to time– you can also subscribe to the YouTube here.