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In 1860 one in every four people in New York was of Irish birth. The majority dwelt among the urban poor, congregating in notorious areas such as Manhattan’s Five Points. Their experience of the American Civil War was mixed, ranging from the highs of the organisation and departure for the front of the Irish Brigade......
When the American Civil War broke out in April 1861, Ireland’s Nation newspaper predicted that the lives of Irish emigrants would be “offered in thousands. Many a mother’s heart in Ireland, long cheered by the affectionate and dutiful letter and the generous offerings of filial love, will be left lone and widowed by the red bolts of......
The most popular history podcast in Ireland, Irish History Podcast, is currently running a series on the Great Irish Famine. The show’s host, Fin Dwyer, has recently completed an episode that looks at the impact of the Famine on the American Civil War, which largely consists of a detailed interview with yours truly. This is probably......
As part of the new suite of elements forming part of Irish in the American Civil War I am developing an occasional YouTube series exploring relevant topics, interspersed with footage I have taken while at relevant locations. The first in that series takes a look at the impact of the American Civil War on the Irish of Britain,......
Patrick Quilligan from Co. Clare was a 22-year-old tailor when he first took the decision to join the United States Army. The 5 foot 10 1/2 inch Irishman was described as having grey eyes, dark hair and a ruddy complexion on the day he enlisted in Boston, on 22nd September 1857. Becoming a private in......
Irish in the American Civil War is about to celebrate it’s eighth birthday. As regular readers are aware, the core principal of the site is to bring the story of 19th century Irish emigrants to life and raise awareness of their experiences. I have sought to do this by making large-amounts of original research freely available......
I have had the good fortune over recent years to develop links with Middle Tennessee State University, most particularly their excellent Center for Historic Preservation. This dates back to a lecture I gave on conflict archaeology there in 2014, since when I have had the opportunity to show MTSU students around some of the 1916......
My current research on Irish service in the Union military is attempting to examine the experience of Irishmen and their families across the entire sweep of Northern arms. One interesting aspect emerging from the work is evidence that Irish and Irish Americans in non-ethnic Irish regiments tended to gravitate towards one another, often becoming tent......