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The New York Irish-American was a major weekly newspaper serving America’s ethnic Irish community. It provided thousands of emigrants across the United States with news concerning both their local communities and their former homes in Ireland. Then, as now, advertising was a major source of revenue for such publications. As Christmas approached, some advertisers adopted......
We are approaching the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg, the engagement more closely associated with the Irish experience of the Civil War than any in the conflict. There will undoubtedly be much focus on the efforts of the Irish Brigade in the coming days, but I want to take an opportunity to remember that the......
As some readers will be aware, I am often asked to contribute to the genealogy magazine Irish Lives Remembered on topics relating to Irish military history. The Autumn 2017 issue has just been released, in which I have a piece on Irishmen who received the Medal of Honor for actions during the American Civil War. The publication......
The 1893 Act of Congress that halted Civil War pension payments to non-residents of the United States who could not prove their citizenship is a topic I have explored frequently on previous occasions (see for example my book The Forgotten Irish and The Pension Crisis of 1893 which I wrote for the Clara Barton Museum). Although it proved a......
I have recently been researching Irish-born men and women who served in North American forces during the Second World War. A little over a year ago, while working on files relating to servicemen who lost their lives in Canadian forces, I noted similarities in a number of the documents that suggested some of the men......
A recent post explored some of the American Civil War veterans buried around Newcastle Upon Tyne in England, where I am currently carrying out research on the Irish of the American Civil War at Northumbria University. I have continued to explore Civil War veterans from the area, work that has been greatly aided by a......
Perhaps the two most famous images of Catholic Mass being celebrated during the American Civil War are those of the 69th New York State Militia and 9th Massachusetts Infantry exposed in 1861. Though these photographs are very familiar to us, the high-resolution versions provided by the Library of Congress Civil War Glass Negatives and Related......
The latest in the Document Focus series see us return to the Aran Islands, off the west coast of Co. Galway. It looks at another emigrant family who experienced loss in the American Civil War, and how one of the collateral results of that loss was to provide us with evidence for both chain-migration and......