Portraits from the New York Irish-American Weekly: 1861

Every week the New York Irish-American brought it’s news to Irish readers not just in The Empire State, but all over the United States. Many Irish soldiers at the front remained loyal readers of the newspaper throughout the Civil War. From time to time, the Irish-American printed portraits and illustrations of famous Irish-Americans, Catholics and places and objects relating to the Irish, which were carried on the front page of the paper. Some of these images were also available for commercial sale; portraits of famed leaders like Michael Corcoran and Thomas Francis Meagher proved particularly popular. In the first in a series of posts on these images that will cover each year of the American Civil War, we take a look at those that were included on the front page during 1861 (click the images to enlarge and read the captions).


New York Irish-American Weekly.




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Categories: Donegal, Fermanagh, New York, Sligo, Waterford

Author:Damian Shiels

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

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4 Comments on “Portraits from the New York Irish-American Weekly: 1861”

  1. Steve Reilly
    August 10, 2016 at 1:29 am #

    Question … If you look at the print on the flag. it’s 1st Regiment Irish Brigade. Just wondering, why does it say 1st Regiment?? I know its not the same flag that hangs in the Headquarters of the 69th New York or in Dublin. but, it seem to be the one you can buy easy now. Hope you know, I don’t.

    • August 10, 2016 at 9:15 am #

      Hi Steve,

      This was the 69th’s first flag, as 1st regiment of the Irish Brigade. The one in Dublin was their next set of colors, given them at the time of Fredericksburg and which were nevr flown in combat.

  2. August 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm #

    Once again, nice detective work, my friend.

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