The Andersonville Irish

In the region of 250,000 Irish American men fought for the Union during the American Civil War. Some 180,000 of them had been born in Ireland; 70,000 more to Irish parents in Britain, Canada and the United States. Tens of thousands of them died. Many are interred in National Cemeteries up and down the United States, but there is one in particular where hundreds of them lie. It is in Andersonville, Georgia. The National Cemetery there almost certainly contains more Irish casualties from the American Civil War than any other location in the United States. The primary aim of this crowd-sourced project is to gather information on the identities and origins of the Irish Americans interred at Andersonville National Cemetery. By so doing, it hopes to bring the story of these men and their families to the fore, and gain further insight into the impact of the Civil War on Ireland and Irish America.

This Project wishes to gratefully acknowledge funding support received from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Consulate General of Ireland Atlanta

 

Camp Sumter—commonly known as Andersonville—was the largest military prison of the American Civil War and was that conflict’s deadliest location. The first prisoners did not arrive there until February 1864, but 45,000 men passed through its gates before it finally closed in May 1865. It operated at its greatest—and deadliest—capacity between February 1864 and the Federal occupation of Atlanta the following September. Originally encompassing 16.5 acres of land enclosed by a 15-foot stockade, in June it was enlarged to 26.5 acres. In that month, 26,000 prisoners were being held in a stockade designed to hold just 10,000. By August 1864 there were 33,000 men in the camp, which had few facilities and little shelter. Of those who crossed the “deadline” into Andersonville, almost 13,000 never came out. Hundreds were Irish Americans.  

Project Aims

The project intends to compile an extensive database of Irish American men interred at Andersonville (you can view a video exploring our early results here). In addition it aims to publish on some of their stories, both through the website and in print form. It is also hoped that in the future an appropriate memorial to the Irish Americans interred at Andersonville can be established, and to that end we are beginning discussions with friends including Dr. Nicholas Allen of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia, the National Park Service staff at Andersonville National Historic Siteand the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. While the research element of the project is being run through Irish in the American Civil War, it is being supported by Nicholas and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, to whom I am extremely grateful. Thanks are also due to the National Park Service staff at Andersonville National Historic Site and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs for their encouragement, advice and engagement to date.

This page consists of three elements. The Ireland Map displays known locations in Ireland associated with men interred at Andersonville National Cemetery. Where a precise location is known it has been marked, while for men where only a county of origin has been established, they are assigned to the relevant county town. Where possible, an image of the man’s gravestone at Andersonville National Cemetery has been included (the majority of which were taken by Kevin Frye of the Descendants of Andersonville Prison group and posted to Find A Grave). The Database below it contains the full current list of men of known Irish American origin at Andersonville National Cemetery, listed alphabetically. This initial list, the starting point for the project, currently contains just under 170 names. The final element of the page are blog posts that explore the stories of Irish Americans at Andersonville, and these will be added to as the project progresses.

How You Can Help

We are keen to hear from anyone who can add to the database and map, or who can offer suggested amendments (information that is suspected but not confirmed is followed by a “?” on the map and database). It is hoped that through public engagement the database of Irish American men will grow significantly in the months to come. If you have any information regarding Irish Americans interred at Andersonville, the dedicated project email for submissions is andersonvilleirish[at]gmail.com. In order for an individual to be fully confirmed as Irish American, we will need a basis for inclusion that is supported by documentary evidence, or extremely compelling circumstantial evidence. This might include information from a regimental history, census return, compiled military service record or pension file. It is intended that a regular update of the database and map will occur as the project proceeds. I hope you enjoy this resource, and please share it far and wide to see can we gain a greater understanding of just how many Irish Americans are interred at this important and poignant site.

The Ireland Map

You can examine the map below to see details of where some of the Irish Americans interred at Andersonville National Cemetery came from. Simply click on the map to begin exploring. If you have further information on where in Ireland a man who died at Andersonville may have been from, please contact us at andersonvilleirish[at]gmail.com.

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The Database

The database contains the current list of men with known (or strongly suspected) Irish American connections. Only men either born in Ireland or born abroad to Irish parents are included. The database is fully searchable and you can order the information in any way you please. 40 entries at a time are displayed, to move on the page click “Next” at the bottom of the table. If you have details of men who should be added to this list, please email us at andersonvilleirish[at]gmail.com.

SERVICE/BURIED NAMEREAL NAMEUNITGRAVEBIRTH COUNTRYBIRTH COUNTYBIRTH TOWN/CITY
Clary, Patrick1 Connecticut Cavalry7348United States {Irish Parents]TipperaryKilmore
McLaughlin, Robert1 Delaware Cavalry8292IrelandTyrone
Emmitt, WilliamEmmett, William1 Delaware Infantry6677Ireland
McKenzie, John B.1 Delaware Infantry11570Ireland
Crosby, Michael1 Maryland Cavalry4182Ireland
Hanley, Michael1 Massachusetts Cavalry6582Ireland
Byrnes, John1 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery9868IrelandRoscommon
Cronin, John W1 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery7619IrelandCork
McKerron, Edward1 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery11531Ireland
Folliard, Michael1 New Jersey Cavalry3938IrelandRoscommon
Riley, Michael1 New Jersey Cavalry2821IrelandMayo
Buckley, John1 New Jersey Infantry2577Ireland
Lahie, PatrickLahey, Patrick1 New York Cavalry10365Ireland
Madden, Charles1 New York Cavalry4822Ireland
O'Brien, Michael1 New York Cavalry9765Ireland
Ross, Andrew1 New York Cavalry9751Ireland
Christy, James1 New York Dragoons10612Ireland
Mead, Patrick1 New York Light Artillery3127Ireland
Maroney, John1 Pennsylvania Cavalry3631Ireland
McCauseland, Robert1 United States Light Artillery5769IrelandTyrone
Murray, ThomasMulligan, Thomas1 United States Light Artillery1332IrelandLongford
Donahue, Patrick1 Vermont CavalryIreland
O'Brien, William1 Vermont Cavalry704Ireland
Crowley, DivineCrowley, Timothy D.1 Vermont Heavy Artillery9724United States [Irish Parents]
McFadden, Hugh1 Wisconsin Cavalry5163Ireland
Daly, Michael10 Missouri Cavalry1641Ireland
Harvey, Thomas10 New Jersey Infantry10212Ireland
McElroy, Edward10 New Jersey Infantry8017IrelandDownNewtownards
Donnely, Matthew10 New York Cavalry11357Ireland
Fitzpatrick, Patrick10 New York CavalryIreland
Evatt, Evalyn10 Ohio Cavalry341IrelandMonaghan
Rourke, John10 United States Infantry5984IrelandLongford
O'Neil, John10 Vermont Infanty4300Ireland
Dumphrey, Dennis100 New York Infantry3063Ireland
Fitzpatrick, Owen100 New York Infantry6961Ireland
Ruth, Anthony100 New York InfantryIreland
Collins, Michael101 Pennsylvania Infantry8121Ireland
Dowdle, Robert101 Pennsylvania Infantry4786Ireland
McCarthy, Dennis101 Pennsylvania Infantry5415Ireland
Moan, JamesMohan, James101 Pennsylvania Infantry4546Ireland
O'Hara, Michael101 Pennsylvania Infantry5339IrelandAntrimBallycastle
Percill, PatrickPurcell, Patrick101 Pennsylvania Infantry8877Ireland
Sullivan, Dennis101 Pennsylvania Infantry1105Ireland
Clinton, Thomas102 New York Infantry12471Ireland
McGee, James103 Pennsylvania Infantry4123United States [Irish Parents]Donegal (born Ohio, family Donegal)
Sheridan, Michael103 Pennsylvania Infantry12676IrelandCavanDrumbade
White, Edward103 Pennsylvania Infantry7277IrelandCavan
Gaffney, John104 New York Infantry2553Ireland
Ivers, Thomas P106 New York InfantryIreland
Kelly, Patrick J.106 New York Infantry9676Ireland
Ryan, Daniel106 New York Infantry5094Ireland
O'Rourke, Charles109 Pennsylvania Infantry6908IrelandMayo
Callahan, Jerry11 Connecticut Infantry11175Ireland
McLean, William11 Connecticut Infantry4492IrelandCavanMunterconnaught
Mooney, Patrick11 Kentucky Cavalry5691Ireland
Connor, JohnConnors, John11 Massachusetts Infantry6673IrelandTipperary
Gaffney, James11 Massachusetts Infantry4333Ireland"Grannan"
Holland, Patrick11 Massachusetts Infantry905IrelandCork
O'Donnell, William11 Massachusetts Infantry11493IrelandCork
Curley, Michael11 New Jersey Infantry715IrelandGalway
Sullivan, Timothy11 United States Infantry10214IrelandKerry
Dowdle, BartholomewDowdall, Bartholomew111 New York Infantry6149Ireland
Fitgerald, Nicholas111 New York Infantry3569IrelandKerryKillahan
Johnson, Robert111 New York Infantry8054Ireland
Crow, FrankCrowe, Frank115 New York Infantry11269IrelandLimerickDoon
McGrath, David115 Ohio Infantry12782United States [Irish Parents]
Conaghan, Manus115 Pennsylvania Infantry5484IrelandDonegal
McKnight, James118 Pennsylvania Infantry10993Ireland
Devlin, James12 New York Cavalry5502United States [Irish Parents]
Hackett, James12 New York Cavalry2623IrelandWaterfordAglish
Hall, Charles12 New York Cavalry2214Ireland
Martin, Anthony12 New York Cavalry3441Ireland
Matthews, Henry12 New York Cavalry4472IrelandArmaghTamhnach Mór (Tannaghmore West)
McCabe, John12 New York Cavalry3233IrelandLongford
McCabe, Patrick12 New York Cavalry2517Ireland
McDonnell, ThomasMcDonald, Thomas12 New York Cavalry12138Ireland
Milan, Thomas12 New York Cavalry6202IrelandTipperaryBallywilliam (Burgesbeg Parish)
Pentland, George12 New York CavalryIreland
Quinn, Michael12 New York CavalryIreland
Rogers, ThomasRodgers, Thomas12 New York Cavalry6824Ireland
Ryan, Owen12 New York Cavalry7258Ireland
McLain, Theodore12 Pennsylvania Cavalry8158Ireland
Farrell, James12 United States Infantry1509IrelandLimerick
Kennedy, James12 United States Infantry11949Ireland
McCann, Bernard12 United States Infantry5634IrelandKilbarron
McGuire, John12 United States Infantry7341IrelandFermanaghEnniskillen
Doyle, James120 New York Infantry4827Ireland
Johnson, RichardJohnston, Richard120 New York Infantry3427Ireland
Meehan, Thomas120 New York InfantryIreland
Quinlin, PeterQuinlan, Peter120 New York InfantryIrelandOffaly
Madden, FurgusMadden, Fergus122 New York Infantry10506IrelandClareFeakle
Malone, Patrick123 New York Infantry9457IrelandRoscommon
Brown, Joseph125 New York Infantry1887Ireland
Conlon, John125 New York InfantryIreland
Curley, Patrick125 New York Infantry1204Ireland
Eagan, John125 New York Infantry2728IrelandOffalyFerbane
Linehan, Thomas125 New York Infantry7815Ireland
Maddigan, JohnMadigan, John125 New York Infantry11257IrelandLimerickKildimo
Manning, Thomas125 New York Infantry10540United States [Irish Parents]
Cochran, John126 New York Infantry7992Ireland
Courtney, Patrick126 New York Infantry1197Ireland
Dunn, Owen126 New York Infantry919IrelandKildare
Gorman, John126 New York Infantry8982Ireland
Connell, John13 Indiana Infantry10084IrelandKerryBallycarbery
Brown, Henry13 Michigan Infantry9240Ireland
McMann, OwenMcMahon, Owen13 New Hampshire Infantry11217IrelandCavanMountnugent
Barrett, Daniel13 New York Cavalry588IrelandCorkButtevant
Burns, Owen13 Pennsylvania Cavalry2026IrelandMonaghanMagheracloone
Fahy, John13 Pennsylvania Cavalry7579Ireland?
Flynn, Miles13 Pennsylvania Cavalry4586United States [Irish Parents]
Gallagher, Fanigle [Farrigle/Fearghal]13 Pennsylvania Cavalry2060IrelandDonegal
Kelly, Thomas13 Pennsylvania Cavalry5443Ireland?
Lanigan, Michael13 Pennsylvania Cavalry3369Ireland?
Lennan, Michael13 Pennsylvania Cavalry753IrelandWaterfordCappoquin
McElroy, William13 Pennsylvania Cavalry10155Ireland?
Murphy, Andrew G13 Pennsylvania Cavalry8027Ireland
Murray, John13 Pennsylvania Cavalry1460IrelandMayoCastlebar
O'Brien, Patrick13 Pennsylvania Cavalry1318Ireland?
Sweeney, William P.13 Pennsylvania Cavalry9898Ireland?
Toland, Bernard13 Pennsylvania Cavalry785Ireland?
Reardon, Denis13 United States Infantry404IrelandCork
Butler, Thomas132 New York Infantry721Ireland
Heffernan, Daniel132 New York Infantry3155Ireland
McArty, PatrickMcCarthy, Patrick132 New York Infantry1035Ireland
McCarty, Patrick132 New York Infantry1035Ireland
McGowan, John132 New York Infantry248Ireland
Rogers, James132 New York Infantry3011Ireland
Rooney, Michael132 New York Infantry9102IrelandSligo
Helpin, JohnHalpin, John134 New York InfantryIrelandLimerick
McCluskey, Thomas139 New York Infantry8242United States [Irish Parents]
Lovery, Francis14 New York Heavy Artillery10248Ireland
McDowell, William14 New York Heavy Artillery7259Ireland
Crawford, Mathew14 Pennsylvania Cavalry4353IrelandAntrim
Mackerel, James14 Pennsylvania Cavalry4635England [Irish Parents]
McGuire, Felix140 New York Infantry4995United States [Irish Father]
Sarsfield, JohnSarsfield, James140 New York InfantryRAIDERIreland
Finley, Thomas [Fenelly]143 Pennsylvania Infantry6694IrelandTipperary
Lane, Cornelius146 New York Infantry12214England [Irish Parents]
Plunkett, John146 New York Infantry11379IrelandLongford
Welch, Lawrence146 New York Infantry2310Ireland
Clyens, JosephClynes, Joseph147 New York Infantry5955IrelandMonaghanInniskeen
Douglass, Peter147 New York Infantry10356Ireland
Mulvany, Patrick15 Massachusetts InfantryIreland
O'Connell, John J.15 Massachusetts Infantry12189IrelandLimerick
Sullivan, Patrick15 Massachusetts Infantry10792IrelandKerry
Burke, James15 New York Heavy ArtilleryIreland
Davis, George15 United States Infantry7049Ireland
Kane, Patrick F.15 United States Infantry1662IrelandGalway
Kilbride, John15 United States Infantry3685IrelandDublin
Rowey, JohnRoney, John152 New York Infantry9963Ireland
Dennison, John155 New York Infantry12257Ireland
Dowd, Daniel155 New York Infantry2809IrelandKerryDingle
Drun, ThaddeusDrum, Thaddeus155 New York Infantry2826Ireland
Finnerly, PeterFinnerty, Peter155 New York Infantry12507IrelandWestmeathBallymore
Gardiner, Robert F.155 New York Infantry5251Ireland
Kehoe, Thomas155 New York Infantry11756Ireland
Madden, PeterMadden, Patrick155 New York Infantry3933Ireland
McCormick, John155 New York Infantry3629Ireland
O'Sullivan, Patrick155 New York Infantry7728IrelandKerryKillarney
Reynolds, Owen155 New York Infantry8209Ireland
McGivern, William158 New York Infantry2756Ireland
Mooney, Timothy158 New York Infantry3651Ireland
Murrey, EdwardMurray, Edward158 New York Infantry3389Ireland
Ballantine, Robert16 Connecticut Infantry8018IrelandTyroneGlenlark
Beatty, John16 Connecticut Infantry3664Ireland
Dagnan, Charles16 Connecticut Infantry5446Ireland
Emmet, William16 Connecticut Infantry11608Ireland
McCardle, Patrick16 Connecticut Infantry3516IrelandTyroneAuchnacloy
Murphy, William16 Connecticut Infantry11487IrelandLimerickBruff
Roper, Hugh16 Connecticut Infantry8662Ireland
McComb, Robert16 Illinois Cavalry5724IrelandDerryCumber
O'Neil, Dennis16 Illinois Cavalry12911Ireland
Haley, William16 Massachusetts Infantry7408IrelandCork
McGonagle, Barney16 Massachusetts Infantry4260Ireland
Sullivan, John16 Massachusetts Infantry5957IrelandTipperary
Boyle, Thomas16 New York Cavalry11974Ireland
Hore, Richard16 New York Cavalry6114Ireland
Martin, John16 New York Cavalry6293Ireland
Noonan, Edward16 New York Cavalry5050IrelandOffaly
Pollock, Robert16 New York Cavalry4432Ireland
Williams, Lawrence16 New York Cavalry6861Ireland
Brogan, James N.16 New York Heavy ArtilleryUnited States [Irish Father]OnatarioCanadice
Cavanaugh, Patrick16 United States Infantry3126IrelandLimerickNewcastle West
Heney, HenryHeeney, Henry16 United States Infantry1585IrelandLeitrim
Hogan, Morris16 United States Infantry2209Ireland
Kelly, John16 United States InfantryEngland [Irish Parents]
O'Flagherty, ThomasO'Flaherty, Thomas16 United States Infantry9983IrelandLimerick
Bartlett, Richard164 New York Infantry11612Ireland
Clancey, RobertClancy, Robert164 New York Infantry3449Ireland
Connolly, Patrick164 New York Infantry5528Ireland
Doyle, Hugh164 New York InfantryIrelandWexfordKilmyshall
Hannon, John164 New York Infantry7929Ireland
Lynch, Daniel164 New York Infantry5772Ireland
McDermott, Peter164 New York Infantry6912Ireland
O'Neil, EdwardO'Neill, Edward164 New York Infantry8208Ireland
O'Reiley, PatrickO'Reilly, Patrick164 New York Infantry9122Ireland
Shortly, Robert164 New York Infantry5755Ireland
Steele, James C.164 New York Infantry4193Ireland
Tobin, Patrick164 New York Infantry10727Ireland
Gartland, John169 New York Infantry7044Ireland
Brannigan, Michael17 Massachusetts Infantry3587IrelandMonaghan
Clabby, John17 Massachusetts Infantry3016IrelandLeitrim
Connor, Dennis17 Massachusetts Infantry12844IrelandAntrimBelfast
Kinnealy, Thomas17 Massachusetts Infantry1754IrelandKerry
McNamara, Patrick17 Massachusetts Infantry522IrelandWaterford
McWilliams, William17 Massachusetts Infantry5194Scotland [Irish Parents]
Murphy, Charles17 Massachusetts Infantry7862IrelandCork
Taggart, John17 Massachusetts Infantry2167IrelandDerry
Troy, Patrick17 Massachusetts Infantry3848IrelandWaterford
Welch, FrankO'Herrin, James17 Massachusetts InfantryIrelandCork
McGowan, John17 United States Infantry12364Ireland
McLain, FelixMcLean, Felix17 United States Infantry5581IrelandDerryColeraine
Ahern, Daniel170 New York Infantry4382IrelandCork
Browne, James170 New York Infantry6691Ireland
Cunningham, James170 New York Infantry5476IrelandCorkBandon
McGinn, John170 New York Infantry12478Ireland
McGowan, Frank170 New York Infantry8225Ireland
Murphy, Lawrence170 New York Infantry5918IrelandWexford
Sheehan, John170 New York InfantryIrelandLimerick
McCormick, Hugh178 New York Infantry9018Ireland
Nugent, Timothy109 Illinois Infantry7086United States [Irish Parents]
Brown, David18 Massachusetts Infantry6057Ireland
Duffy, James18 Massachusetts Infantry1512IrelandWexford
Galligan, Patrick18 Massachusetts Infantry9227IrelandCavan
Roberts, James H.18 Massachusetts Infantry11552Ireland
Gilmartin, Andrew182 New York Infantry8351IrelandSligo
Keegan, Joseph183 Pennsylvania InfantryIrelandWicklowBray
Finnegan, Patrick19 Massachusetts Infantry6723IrelandKerryKillarney
Murray, Thomas19 Massachusetts Infantry5041IrelandRoscommon
Osborn, WilliamOsborne, William19 Massachusetts Infantry4975IrelandLimerickKilteely
Christy, James19 New York Cavalry10612Ireland
Dolan, Patrick19 United States Infantry5459IrelandMeath
Little, Robert19 United States Infantry6561IrelandDown
Butler, James2 New York Cavalry10848Ireland
Connor, Cornelius2 Delaware Infantry10868Ireland
Donohue, Hugh2 Delaware Infantry6217Ireland
McBride, Patrick2 Delaware Infantry12407Ireland
Cullen, John2 Maryland Potomac Home Brigade2012IrelandWicklow
Bell, William2 Massachusetts Cavalry8110Ireland
Burke, Joseph H.2 Massachusetts Cavalry1251Ireland
Brannagan, ChristopherBrannigan, Christopher2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery12030IrelandDublin
Duffy, John2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery9251IrelandDonegal
Dunn, Peter2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery4471IrelandTyrone
Graney, Thomas2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery9471Ireland
Henry, James2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery4604IrelandMayo
Hogan, Patrick2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery6907IrelandWexford
Kelly, Mark2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery8983IrelandGalway
Leary, Deniis2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery2781Ireland
McDermott, John2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery6162IrelandGalway
McGowan, John2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery2652IrelandFermanagh
McHenry, James2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery6460IrelandTipperary
McNulty, Peter J2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery11381Ireland
Meehan, Bernard2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery5808IrelandGalway
Milan, JohnMoylan, John2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery8631IrelandGalway
O'Brien, James2 Massachusetts Heavy ArtilleryIrelandCorkCurraheen
O'Connell, Michael2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery9789United States [Irish Parents]
Rafferty, John2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery4875IrelandArmaghKeady
Roe, WilliamRowe, William2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery5659IrelandGalway
Sheahan, James2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery7481United States [Irish Parents]Cork
Short, John2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery10946IrelandCork
Sullivan, George2 Massachusetts Heavy Artillery7401IrelandKerryDingle
McGuire, Owen2 Missouri Infantry12754Ireland
McCabe, Peter2 New York Cavalry732United States [Irish Parents]
Murphy, Martin2 New York Cavalry10199IrelandClare
Coleman, Patrick2 New York Heavy Artillery10553Ireland
Crowley, Charles2 New York Heavy Artillery11297IrelandCork
Fury, John2 New York Heavy Artillery6995Ireland
Kiley, William2 New York Heavy ArtilleryIreland
McCarty, DennisMcCarthy, Dennis2 New York Heavy Artillery4480Ireland
McCormick, William2 New York Heavy Artillery5203Ireland
O'Reilly, Philip2 New York Heavy Artillery7504Ireland
Rooney, Peter2 New York Heavy Artillery8922Ireland
Donlan, Michael2 United States Cavalry2495Ireland
Breen, AndrewMoriarty, Andrew2 United States InfantryIrelandKerry
McGuire, James2 Vermont Infantry9352Ireland
Skiddy, John2 Vermont Infantry6199Ireland
Welch, Thomas20 Maine Infantry5942Ireland
McSorley, James20 New York Cavalry8899Ireland
Smith, James20 New York Cavalry1245United States [Irish Parents]CavanBailieborough
Dugan, Thomas21 Connecticut Infantry4670United States [Irish Parents]
Gallagher, Patrick21 Illinois Infantry1347IrelandLaois
Lynch, Jeremiah22 Massachusetts InfantryIrelandCorkInchamore
McGovern, James22 Massachusetts Infantry1984Ireland
Atkinson, Patrick22 Michigan Infantry2461IrelandLimerick
Condon, Thomas22 New York Cavalry3509Ireland
O'Neil, Patrick22 New York Cavalry8973Ireland
Crane, Michael23 Illinois Infantry2329IrelandMayo
Fegan, Owen23 Illinois Infantry6268IrelandDown
Mackin, Bernard23 Illinois Infantry3169IrelandLongford
Morgan, Patrick23 Massachusetts Infantry8077IrelandDublin
Welch, Edward24 Independent Battery Light Artillery5181United States [Irish Parents]
O'Connell, Thomas24 Massachusetts Infantry9332IrelandClareCratloe
Mangan, James24 Wisconsin Infantry1752Ireland
Bergin, Luke25 Massachusetts Infantry7134IrelandKilkenny
Brady, Peter25 Massachusetts InfantryIrelandRoscommonLisnahirka
Brown, John25 Massachusetts Infantry6177IrelandDerry
Empey, Robert25 Massachusetts Infantry3300IrelandKilkenny
McCarthy, Timothy25 Massachusetts Infantry7823IrelandCork
McDevitt, William25 Massachusetts Infantry4409IrelandDonegal
McDonough, Patrick25 Massachusetts Infantry7459IrelandSligo
O'Neil, Charles25 Massachusetts Infantry7161IrelandLeitrim
O'Neil, Dennis25 Massachusetts Infantry4884IrelandLouth
Brady, Thomas C.27 Massachusetts Infantry3178Ireland
Donlan, James27 Massachusetts Infantry3678IrelandWestmeathStreamstrown
Donovan, John27 Massachusetts InfantryIreland
Lacy, Andrew27 Massachusetts InfantryIrelandDublin
Murphy, Patrick27 Massachusetts Infantry12783IrelandCork
Regan, Christopher27 Massachusetts Infantry12094IrelandCorkBarrymore
Hennesey, John28 Kentucky Infantry1760IrelandTipperary
Daley, John28 Massachusetts Infantry787Ireland
Howden, Thomas28 Massachusetts Infantry7416IrelandCavan
Morris, Robert28 Massachusetts Infantry1004IrelandWaterford
Twomay, JohnTwomey, John28 Massachusetts Infantry3549IrelandKerry
O'Connor, William29 Massachusetts Infantry11080IrelandMayo
Reilly, Philip29 Missouri Infantry1348England [Irish Parents]Monaghan
Kenney, JohnKenny, John3 Massachusetts Cavalry6529IrelandTipperary
McKnight, Barney3 Massachusetts Cavalry5223IrelandLouth
Tiernay, WilliamTierney, William3 Massachusetts Cavalry4386IrelandWaterford
Fallon, PatrickFallan, Patrick3 New York Heavy Artillery1622IrelandOffalyLusmagh
Hennessey, Michael3 New York Heavy Artillery8336Ireland
Maroney, William H.3 Pennsylvania Cavalry2056United States [Irish Parents]
McCabe, James3 Pennsylvania Cavalry2409Ireland
Bradley, Michael3 Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery874Ireland
McCaffrey, James3 Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery5129United States [Irish Parents]Massachusetts
McKenna, John3 Rhode Island Heavy Artillery8305Ireland
Harrington, Owen30 Indiana Infantry9933IrelandCorkRosscarbery
Gavin, Patrick34 Massachusetts InfantryIrelandTyrone
Hartnett, Maurice34 Massachusetts Infantry6923IrelandCorkMidleton
McGovern, Bernard34 Massachusetts Infantry6375Ireland
McKenney, Bernard34 Massachusetts InfantryIrelandLouthCooley
Morton, John34 Massachusetts Infantry5360IrelandDownPortaferry
Wilson, Robert34 Massachusetts Infantry6769IrelandDerryColeraine
O'Connor, Michael35 Illinois Infantry3847IrelandKerryKillarney
Devlin, Charles35 Indiana Infantry4021IrelandTyroneGortin
Digman, LukeDignan, Luke35 Indiana Infantry10446Ireland
Mulcahee, ThomasMulcahy, Thomas35 Indiana Infantry3884Ireland
Murphy, James35 Indiana Infantry10891Ireland
Ryan, Martin35 Indiana Infantry1440Ireland
Gillespie, Patrick36 Massachusetts Infantry7110IrelandCavan
O'Brien, John37 Massachusetts Infantry2509IrelandLimerick [Married Kilkenny]
Curren, Owen38 Illinois Infantry3393IrelandTipperary
Fitzpatrick, Patrick38 Illinois Infantry2210IrelandCavan
Hester, John38 Illinois Infantry1906Ireland
Jordan, Michael38 Illinois Infantry9153IrelandClare
Kennedy, Michael38 Illinois Infantry5518IrelandKilkenny
Lynch, Peter38 Illinois Infantry11467IrelandCavan
McCormack, Peter39 New York Infantry1433Ireland
McFadden, James39 New York Infantry4001IrelandDonegalFahan
O'Neill, John39 New York Infantry11404Ireland
Fleming, Robert4 Kentucky Cavalry2540Ireland
McDonald, James4 Kentucky Cavalry4550Ireland
Devlin, Edward4 New York Heavy Artillery7598Ireland
Donnell, William4 New York Heavy Artillery12718Ireland
Burns, James J4 Pennsylvania CavalryIreland
James, Alexander4 Pennsylvania CavalryIrelandDonegal
Boyd, Stewart4 United States CavalryIrelandMonaghan
Colean, Michael4 United States Cavalry8570Ireland
Mulhern, Charles4 United States Cavalry6407IrelandDonegal
O'Neil, John4 United States InfantryIrelandLimerick
Walch, MichaelWalsh, Michael40 Massachusetts Infantry11494IrelandCork
Dunn, James40 New York Infantry7621Ireland
Kelly, James40 New York Infantry6997Ireland
Shuhy, John42 Illinois Infantry4135Ireland
Carroll, WilliamCurran, William42 New York Infantry12015IrelandDublin
Hyde, Garrett42 New York Infantry11083Ireland
Kinney, Michael42 New York Infantry11558IrelandGalwayGalway City
Mulcahy, William42 New York Infantry11466IrelandCork
Smith, WilliamKenny, Michael42 New York InfantryIrelandGalway
Behan, John43 New York Infantry3843Ireland
Bolton, Thomas43 New York Infantry7627Ireland
Boyle, Patrick43 New York Infantry8912Ireland
Connors, Edward43 New York Infantry10006Ireland
Higgins, John43 New York InfantryIreland
Lynch, Patrick43 New York Infantry6895Ireland
McAlroy, JohnMcElroy, John43 New York Infantry4089Ireland
McCormick, John43 New York Infantry7441Ireland
McCormick, Patrick43 New York Infantry10258Ireland
Redmond, James43 New York Infantry10467IrelandKildare
Rodgers, Michael43 New York Infantry4912Ireland
Powers, James44 Illinois Infantry3422Ireland
Gallagher, PeterCorrigan, Peter47 New York Infantry6106IrelandCavanDrumgoon
Murray, Jeremiah47 New York Infantry11273Ireland
Ball, Patrick49 Pennsylvania Infantry7347IrelandDublin
O'Connor, Thomas5 Indiana Cavalry7911Ireland
McCarty, Edward5 Kentucky Infantry7951IrelandCork
Sweeney, Michael5 Kentucky Infantry1827IrelandMeath
Devine, George5 Maine Infantry7240IrelandTyrone
Ronan, John5 Michigan Cavalry5885IrelandWestmeathMayne
Flannigan, James5 Michigan Infantry5861Ireland
Bell, George5 New Hampshire Infantry8463IrelandLimerick [possibly Dublin?]Fedamore
Burns, Daniel5 New York Heavy Artillery5991IrelandNewcastle
Mullaly, Michael5 New York Heavy ArtilleryIreland
Nolan, Michael5 New York Heavy Artillery11533IrelandDonegalBallyshannon
Conlan, Daniel5 New York Infantry10699Ireland
Gallagher, William5 Pennsylvania Cavalry8448Scotland [Irish Family]
Kennedy, MichaelFoley, Michael5 Rhode Island Heavy ArtilleryIreland
Halpin, Patrick5 United States Artillery1547IrelandLimerick
Mooney, James50 Ohio Infantry4361Ireland
O'Dougherty, John51 New York Infantry2755IrelandDublin
Small, Stephen51 New York Infantry12083United States {Irish Parents]
Delaney, Cornelius52 New York Infantry11206Ireland
Callahan, Michael52 Pennsylvania Infantry9886Ireland
Duffie, JamesDuffy, James52 Pennsylvania Infantry9191Ireland
Connelly, William H.55 Pennsylvania Infantry6395IrelandLimerick
Baldoe, LouisBaldue/Baldac. Louis56 Massachusetts Infantry5175Ireland
Brown, Alexander56 Massachusetts Infantry2641Ireland
Coughlin, Bartholomew56 Massachusetts Infantry6724IrelandCork
Flynn, Patrick56 Massachusetts InfantryIrelandRoscommon
Lynch, John56 Massachusetts Infantry3683Ireland
Mahon, Edward56 Massachusetts Infantry4034Ireland
Pryor, Michael56 Massachusetts Infantry5404Ireland
Riley, Michael56 Massachusetts Infantry8642Ireland
Callihan, JeremiahCallahan, Jeremiah57 Massachusetts Infantry7230IrelandKerryKilcummin
Callihan, Robert57 Massachusetts Infantry3158IrelandKerry
Wallace, Patrick57 Massachusetts Infantry3377IrelandTyrone
Fletcher, EdwardFlesh, Edward57 New York InfantryIrelandMeathWoodpole
Hurley, Arthur57 Pennsylvania Infantry6845IrelandCork
Curran, Francis58 Massachusetts Infantry7853IrelandDerry
McGuire, Andrew58 Massachusetts Infantry5128Ireland
Bracken, Denis59 Massachusetts InfantryIrelandOffalyReynagh, Gallen
Crowley, Patrick59 Massachusetts Infantry6315Ireland
Clancy, Thomas59 Massachusetts Infantry10918Ireland
Kennedy, William59 Massachusetts Infantry5708Ireland
Mullen, Alexander59 New York Infantry10959Ireland
McCarty, JohnMcCarthy, John6 Kentucky Cavalry8455IrelandCork
Gibbons, Michael6 Michigan Cavalry2928Ireland
Maloney, Owen6 New Jersey Infantry3284IrelandClareTromra
Dooland, JohnDoolan, John6 New York Cavalry11805IrelandGalwayDunmore
Hayes, John6 New York Cavalry9080Ireland
Murtaugh, John6 New York Cavalry11764Ireland
Shaughnessy, James6 New York Cavalry6747Ireland
Hamilton, Thomas Alexander6 New York Heavy Artillery6601IrelandCavanRyefield
Jennings, John6 New York Heavy Artillery8878Ireland
McGowan, Michael6 New York Heavy Artillery11116United States
McQuillian, Alexander6 New York Heavy Artillery5868Ireland
Powers, John6 New York Heavy Artillery6390IrelandWaterfordDungarvan
Shannon, Edward6 New York Heavy Artillery4446Ireland
Lynch, Andrew6 Pennsylvania Cavalry549Ireland
Dunn, John6 United States Cavalry914Ireland
McGrath, George H.61 New York Infantry11714Ireland
Bass, George63 New York Infantry8217IrelandDublin
Boyle, Patrick63 New York Infantry10Ireland
Halpin, Peter63 New York Infantry9253Ireland
Harris, John63 New York Infantry5550IrelandDown
Healy, John63 New York InfantryIrelandCorkKillavullen & Annakisha
Hogan, John63 New York Infantry11317Ireland
Kelly, Michael63 New York Infantry10388Ireland
McLoughlin, John63 New York InfantryIreland
Murray, John63 New York Infantry11519United States [Irish Parents]
O'Brien, Jeremiah63 New York Infantry5439IrelandCorkButtevant
Carey, Thomas65 New York InfantryIrelandCork
Morris, Thomas65 New York Infantry9944Ireland
Rourke, John66 New York Infantry4762IrelandLongfordNewtown Forbes
McCabe, James66 Ohio Infantry6478Canada?WicklowWicklow Town
Davy, Henry68 Pennsylvania Infantry4792IrelandMonaghan?Castleblayney?
Bradley, John69 New York Infantry5232Ireland
Burke, John M.69 New York Infantry5196Canada [Irish Parents]
Byrne, James69 New York Infantry9790Ireland
Carroll, James69 New York Infantry4139Ireland
Lawler, JohnLawler, James69 New York Infantry8162Ireland
McCarty, JohnMcCarthy, John69 New York Infantry4759Ireland
McCarty, MichaelMcCarthy, Michael69 New York Infantry8354Ireland
McCormick, Hugh69 New York Infantry6697Ireland
Morrison, William69 New York InfantryIreland
O'Carroll, Timothy69 New York Infantry6270Ireland
Pendleton, John69 New York Infantry2763Ireland
Rooney, Terrance69 New York Infantry8667Ireland
Sullivan, Edward69 New York Infantry640Ireland
Sullivan, Michael69 New York Infantry6048IrelandCorkFaha, Adrigole
Elliot, James69 Pennsylvania Infantry2794IrelandFermanaghDrummarraght
Fahey, Michael69 Pennsylvania Infantry11261Ireland?
Gordon, Robert69 Pennsylvania Infantry11806Ireland
Haughty, JohnHaughey, John69 Pennsylvania Infantry9904Ireland
Little, George69 Pennsylvania Infantry10725Ireland
McKeown, James69 Pennsylvania Infantry11909Ireland
Moore, Thomas69 Pennsylvania Infantry7175Ireland?
Mulholland, Arthur69 Pennsylvania InfantryIreland
O'Neil, John69 Pennsylvania Infantry1897Ireland?
Robbins, Robert69 Pennsylvania Infantry3270Ireland
McKone, John7 Connecticut InfantryIrelandGalwayClonfert
McGinley, James7 Maine Infantry9538United States [Irish Parents]Parents from Castle Hill, Burt, Donegal
Murphy, Philip7 Massachusetts Infantry5488IrelandCork
O'Brien, William H.7 Michigan Cavalry8511United States [Irish Parents]
Doherty, Peter7 New Hampshire InfantryIreland
Gooley, James7 New Hampshire Infantry4687IrelandKilkennyInistioge
Bird, Martin7 New York Heavy Artillery12831Ireland
Bird, Patrick7 New York Heavy Artillery4780Ireland
Cuthel, CCusick, John7 New York Heavy Artillery10482Ireland
Dwyer, Dennis7 New York Heavy Artillery10077Ireland
Dwyer, Stephen7 New York Heavy Artillery9716Ireland
Hart, John7 New York Heavy Artillery11524Ireland
Jourdan, BarneyJordan, Barney7 New York Heavy Artillery9528IrelandLongfordKilloe
McCourt, Hugh7 New York Heavy Artillery6012England [Irish Parents]
McEneany, Patrick7 New York Heavy Artillery9581Ireland
McLean, Henry7 New York Heavy ArtilleryIreland
McNamara, William7 New York Heavy Artillery9969Ireland
Morris, Edmund7 New York Heavy Artillery4686Ireland
Mullen, Charles7 New York Heavy Artillery12240IrelandDerryErrigal
Scahill, John7 New York Heavy Artillery10488IrelandLongfordKilcommock
Walsh, James7 New York Heavy ArtilleryIreland
Burns, John7 Vermont Infantry12185Ireland
Maloney, James73 New York Infantry11447Ireland
Monahan, John73 New York InfantryIreland
Curry, Richard73 Pennsylvania Infantry2349IrelandAntrim
Kelley, PeterKelly, Peter73 Pennsylvania Infantry1875Ireland
McCartney, Michael73 Pennsylvania Infantry1308Ireland
McMohan, JamesMcMahon, James73 Pennsylvania Infantry1139Ireland
Moore, Martin74 New York Infantry658United States [Irish Parents]
Mulcahy, Dennis76 New York Infantry7997Ireland
Sullivan, John76 New York InfantryIreland
Trainor, Michael76 New York Infantry8544IrelandTyrone
Coyle, Michael79 Pennsylvania Infantry8512PennsylvaniaTyroneDonoughmore
Doherty, Thomas8 Maine Infantry5615IrelandDonegalCarndonagh
Downs, Joseph8 Maine Infantry9624IrelandClare
Hurley, Denis8 Maine Infantry4703IrelandCorkBandon?
Carragher, John8 New York Cavalry9049Ireland
O'Brien, William8 New York Cavalry1553United States [Irish Parents]
Reddy, Peter8 New York Cavalry11695Ireland
White, Luke8 New York Heavy Artillery11879Ireland
Coyle, Hugh8 Pennsylvania Cavalry2399IrelandDonegalMuineagh, Fanad
Dolan, Christopher8 Pennsylvania Cavalry3079Ireland
McShane, Barney80 Illinois Infantry692Ireland
Conlkin, James82 New York InfantryIreland
Kelly, Thomas82 New York Infantry12209Ireland
Lahiff, Denis82 New York Infantry12775IrelandKerryBallylongford
Leahy, DavidLeahy, Daniel82 New York Infantry41Ireland
McKenna, John82 New York Infantry9390Ireland
Mullane, James82 New York Infantry12155Ireland
Cary, ThomasCurry, Thomas83 New York Infantry10872IrelandCavan
Caveny, MichaelMonahan, Martin83 New York Infantry11640IrelandMayoBallina
Keating, Thomas83 New York Infantry4484IrelandUnited States [Irish Parents]
Delaney, Patrick83 Pennsylvania InfantryRAIDERIreland
Brogan, James N.85 New York Infantry12002United States [Irish Father]
Downey, John85 New York Infantry5705IrelandDerry
Grenehan, John85 New York Infantry6651Ireland
McNutty, MartinMcNulty, Martin85 New York Infantry5406Ireland
Monahan, John85 New York Infantry4441Ireland
Best, William88 Illinois Infantry10681IrelandSligoAttycree
McCabe, James88 New York Infantry4508Ireland
McConville, Daniel88 New York InfantryIrelandDownDrumgath
McCune, Samuel88 New York InfantryIreland
Monehan, PeterMonaghan, Peter88 New York InfantryIreland
Nolan, Patrick88 New York Infantry11356Ireland
Ward, Patrick88 New York Infantry10543Ireland
Wolf, T.Wolfe, Patrick88 New York Infantry11821Ireland
Collins, William88 Pennsylvania InfantryRAIDEREngland [Irish Parents]
Mulcahy, David89 Illinois Infantry2834IrelandLimerickMurroe & Boher
Ryan, Michael89 Illinois Infantry2557Ireland
O'Mira, Daniel J.9 Illinois Cavalry10279IrelandCarlow
Connor, Thomas9 Massachusetts Infantry11575Ireland?
Crossin, Eugene9 Massachusetts Infantry5248United States [Irish Parents]
Densmore, WilliamDinsmore, William9 Massachusetts Infantry7848IrelandAntrimBallymoney
McLaughlin, Edward9 Massachusetts Infantry3174IrelandDonegalDesertegney
Murley, Daniel9 Massachusetts Infantry321Massachusetts (Irish Parents)
O'Connell, James9 Massachusetts Infantry5116Ireland
Sullivan, Patrick9 Massachusetts Infantry8203Ireland
Dillon, Edward9 New Jersey Infantry7304Ireland
Shannon, MorrisShanahan, Maurice9 New Jersey Infantry5807Ireland
Hoye, JohnHoey, John9 New York Heavy Artillery6622IrelandDublinSwords
McCartin, Laughlin9 New York Heavy Artillery7620Ireland
MCLaughlin, Owen9 New York Heavy Artillery10055Ireland
Crosby, John90 Illinois Infantry12433Ireland
Kane, Hugh90 Illinois Infantry12052IrelandDublin
McLaughlin, Bernard90 Illinois InfantryIreland
Dougherty, Thomas90 Pennsylvania Infantry8579IrelandDonegalArdara
Logan, BernardGroogan, Bernard90 Pennsylvania Infantry3489IrelandDerryMaghera
Toner, Peter90 Pennsylvania Infantry1153IrelandDonegalLetterkenny
McMahan, Michael93 Illinois Infantry4725Ireland
Hughes, John93 New York InfantryIreland
McCormick, Michael93 New York Infantry11110Ireland
Carroll, Patrick95 New York Infantry10293Ireland
Coyne, Morris95 New York Infantry11158Ireland
Hardee, RichardHardy, Richard95 New York Infantry10101Ireland
Hardy, Hugh95 New York Infantry11149IrelandAntrimBelfast
Madden, L.W.Madden, Loughlin96 Illinois Infantry5390Ireland
Burns, John99 New York InfantryIrelandCork
Conroy, Peter99 New York Infantry1995IrelandKerry
Cotter, J.P.Cotter, John99 New York Infantry12434IrelandCork
Dunn, James99 New York Infantry1695England [Irish Parents]SligoKilmactigue
Dunn, Michael99 New York Infantry3234England [Irish Parents]SligoKilmactigue
Higgins, W.A.O'Higgins, William99 New York Infantry888Ireland
Kenny, Luke99 New York Infantry239IrelandLongford
Lynch, Patrick99 New York Infantry931IrelandKerry
Martin, Patrick99 New York Infantry9164IrelandCork
McCarty, James99 New York Infantry5121United States [Irish Parents]
McColgan, Patrick99 New York Infantry1344Ireland
McGeehan, John99 New York Infantry2665IrelandLimerick
Mulcahy, Bartholomew99 New York InfantryIrelandWaterford
Toohey, James99 New York Infantry4909IrelandGalway
Watson, Thomas99 New York Infantry6947Canada [Irish Parents]
Doran, Patrick99 Pennsylvania Infantry5746IrelandArmaghTandragee
Gibbons, JamesGibney, James99 Pennsylvania Infantry9884IrelandCavan?Parish Belle McCrea'
Connor, JeremiahUSS Canandaigua7508IrelandKerryVentry
Callaghan, ThomasMcCarthy, ThomasUSS HousatonicIrelandCorkBallyfeard, Novohal, Kinsale
Keefe, JohnUSS Housatonic602United States [Irish Parents]Cork (Parents)
Mallely, Peter EUSS Montgomery3128United States [Irish Parents]
McDermott, PatrickUSS Montgomery6571Canada [Irish Parents]
O'Brien, WilliamUSS Nipsic2227United States [Irish Parents]Massachusetts [Parents married Limerick]Bruff
Walsh, JamesUSS Shawsheen7503United States [Irish Parents]
Sullivan, JohnUSS Underwriter2010IrelandCorkBlackrock (vicinity of)

The Blog Posts

This portion of the project page looks at some of the posts that have focused on the Irish at Andersonville over the years, and will also gather together the new posts that are created as a result of the project. If you have suggestions for an area of the Irish American experience at Andersonville that you think would make an interesting addition, please contact us at andersonvilleirish[at]gmail.com.


Andersonville Irish Spotlight: Video Tours of Irish Graves

As readers will be aware, later last year I (Damian) had the opportunity to undertake some research for the Andersonville Irish Project at the National Historic Site in Georgia. During my time there I conducted a tour of some of the Irish American graves in the National Cemetery on behalf of the National Park Service….

Andersonville Irish Spotlight: “This Abode of Want, Suffering & Misery”- The Prison Letter of Limerick’s Roger Brown

This latest Andersonville Irish Spotlight post is the first to contain some of the information gleaned from my recent research trip to Andersonville National Historic Site. The trip was made possible thanks to grant funding from the Andersonville POW Research Grant Program, made possible thanks to the Friends of Andersonville, as well as project funding…

The Andersonville Irish Project on RTE’s History Show

Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE’s flagship radio history show last week dedicated a portion of their programme to the work of the Andersonville Irish Podcast. I chatted with the show’s host Myles Dungan about the prison and the Irish experience there, along with what the project is revealing about wider emigration. One of the letters we…

Video: The Irish in the Civil War and at Andersonville with Emerging Civil War

When I got the opportunity to undertake some research at Andersonville towards the end of last year I also met up with historian Sheritta Bitikofer of Emerging Civil War. We chatted about a range of Irish-related topics, from my own story, to the Irish in America generally, to Irish service and of course on the…

Andersonville Irish: The First 600 Infographic

The Andersonville Irish Project has now reached the milestone of 600 identified men and families. To mark it, a new project infographic has been produced, the third in the series. You can explore the infographic in detail by clicking on the image below to enlarge it. In addition, the interactive project map and full database have been…

Discussing the Andersonville Irish with the Civil War Round Table of Central Louisiana

As some of you may be aware, I was away conducting some research at Andersonville National Historic Site as part of the Andersonville Irish Project. It was a really productive trip, and I’m looking forward to sharing some of the results with readers of the site over the coming months. While I was there I…

Andersonville Irish Spotlight: Grave 12083. Stephen Small, A “Misused” Child Laborer

To the police of Albany, New York, the Small brothers were well-known troublemakers. The two boys, Henry and Stephen, were born in Albany to Irish immigrant parents in the 1840s. Their mother Hannah died when they were little, leaving them in the care of their father Hugh, who kept a grocery business, selling liquor and…

Podcast: Andersonville Prisoners & Leadville Miners

I recently had an opportunity to return to the Irish Stew Podcast for a really interesting discussion with show hosts Martin and John. This episode was a four-way conversation that looked not only at our work on the Andersonville Irish Project, but also that of Professor Jim Walsh on the 19th century Irish miners of…

Andersonville Irish: The First 450 Infographic

As the Andersonville Irish Project progresses, we are producing infographics to provide some of the headline details in an easy to digest form. The first of these looked at the initial 350 men identified in the National Cemetery. Having passed the 450 identified milestone, the latest Infographic incorporates what we have learned so far. You…

Video: Discovering the Andersonville Irish

Back in June I gave an online presentation for the Consulate General of Ireland in Atlanta on the topic of the Andersonville Irish Project. The Consulate have provided invaluable support and assistance to the project thus far as we continue to progress with our database and in sharing our discoveries. The talk has now been…

Andersonville Irish Project Update

The last month has seen major additions to our Andersonville Irish database, and the project page has now been fully updated with the new information. A further 80 Irish Americans have been identified, bringing the total to the cusp of 430 men. You can explore all of them, and search by name, unit and place…

Andersonville Irish Spotlight: Andersonville’s Gettysburg Irish Dead-Stories of Community & Cohesion

The Battle of Gettysburg is by far the most famed clash of the American Civil War. It is also an engagement of significance for the Andersonville Irish Project, as it is among the earliest points of capture for men who would subsequently perish in the prison. Most men taken prisoner by the Confederates in July…

Andersonville Irish: The First 350 Infographic

The Andersonville Irish Project has now recorded details of 350 Irish Americans who perished at Andersonville during 1864 and 1865. To mark that milestone we have produced an infographic (below, click on the image to enlarge) highlighting some of the main details we have gathered to date. Thanks to the Irish Consulate General of Atlanta,…

Andersonville Irish Project Update

The Andersonville Irish Project is continuing apace, and there has also been some good news in terms of funding recently. I am delighted that Andersonville National Historic Site has awarded the Project a POW Research Grant, a fund made available thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Andersonville. In the months to come, as…

Andersonville Irish Spotlight. Grave 1139. James McMahon & His Widow Annie, “A Perfectly Abandoned Character”

One of the aims of the Andersonville Irish Project is to use the men identified within the National Cemetery as a vehicle for exploring the wider social story of 1860s Irish America. Just such an opportunity surrounds the case of Irish immigrant James McMahon, who rests within Grave 1139. James’s death in 1864 played havoc…

Andersonville Irish Spotlight. Grave 7401. George Sullivan, Dingle, Co. Kerry

George was born around 1845 in Dingle. He had been enrolled at Lynn, Massachusetts on 3rd December 1863, becoming a private in Company H of the 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, a unit with a heavy Irish American contingent. At the time he was described as an 18-year-old laborer, who was 5 feet 5 inches tall…

Andersonville Irish: New Map & Database Update

The latest update to the Andersonville Irish project has just been uploaded. The database now contains the details of 225 Irish Americans who lost their lives at the Prison Camp- you can access it on the project page here. The interactive Ireland map has also had numerous additions, something which you can explore via the…

Andersonville Irish Spotlight: The Irish Relief Fund Donors who Died at Andersonville

A great many of the men interred at Andersonville National Cemetery died of illnesses associated with starvation and exposure. For those Irish within the camp who had endured the Great Famine, many of the ailments they saw must have seemed brutally familiar. Among them were causes like dropsy, dysentery, diarrhoea. It is a sad irony…

Andersonville Irish Spotlight: Grave 9102. Michael Rooney, Sligo & Rossinver, Leitrim

As the new Andersonville Irish Project gathers steam, the site will be sharing stories and information about some of the Irish American men who died there, as well as news on the database and map as they are updated. In the first of these “spotlight” posts, we are taking a look at the man interred…

The Andersonville Irish Project

I’m pleased to let readers know of the official launch the Andersonville Irish Project here on Irish in the American Civil War. We’re seeking public help to ID Irish interred at Andersonville, the cemetery that likely contains more Irish casualties from the American Civil War than any other. I’ve teamed up with Nicholas Allen, Director…