As many readers are aware, I am currently at Northumbria University in Newcastle working on PhD research into the letters of Irish soldiers and sailors who served in the Union military. Forming the basis of this work is a database of well over 1000 contemporary letters relating to Irish American servicemen that I have spent more than six years compiling through the Widows and Dependent Pension Files. A recent report in the Irish Examiner, one of Ireland’s national newspapers, highlighted some of my work. If you would like to read it you can do so by clicking here.