Commemoration – Irish in the American Civil War http://irishamericancivilwar.com Exploring Irish Emigration in the 19th Century United States Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:10:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.5 http://irishamericancivilwar.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/cropped-Family-90x90.jpg Commemoration – Irish in the American Civil War http://irishamericancivilwar.com 32 32 133117992 Remembering the Irish of the American Civil War in Tipperary http://irishamericancivilwar.com/2013/10/02/remembering-the-irish-of-the-american-civil-war-in-tipperary/ http://irishamericancivilwar.com/2013/10/02/remembering-the-irish-of-the-american-civil-war-in-tipperary/#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:42:08 +0000 http://irishamericancivilwar.com/?p=5864   I had the great privilege at the weekend of being the after-dinner speaker for the Tipperary Remembrance Trust event. The Trust is dedicated to the memory of all Irish men and women who have died worldwide in the cause of peace and freedom. The President of Ireland Mary McAleese dedicated the Trust’s Memorial Arch...

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I had the great privilege at the weekend of being the after-dinner speaker for the Tipperary Remembrance Trust event. The Trust is dedicated to the memory of all Irish men and women who have died worldwide in the cause of peace and freedom. The President of Ireland Mary McAleese dedicated the Trust’s Memorial Arch in Tipperary Town in 2005, and every year since the Trust has held a dinner and lecture, followed the next day by a memorial service in the Garrison Church and a wreath laying ceremony at the Arch. Many Irish veterans attended, as did military representatives from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. Major-General David O’Morchoe was also present, representing the British Legion in Ireland.

I greatly enjoyed sharing the story of the Irish in the American Civil War in a forum of remembrance. I hope it is the first of many opportunities we have to remember the Irish of the conflict in such a setting. The United States was represented by Military Attaché to Ireland Lieutenant-Colonel Sean Cosden, who laid a wreath in memory of all those Irish who have died in the service of America, including those who lost their lives during the Civil War. Enormous credit is due to Mick Haslam and his team for the continued success of this remembrance event. Sara Nylund took some photos to capture the falvour of the event which are shared with you below.

The first time any of my speaking engagements has been announced like this ! (Sara Nylund)

The first time any of my speaking engagements has been announced like this! (Sara Nylund)

Some of the military personnel who attended the dinner and my talk for the Tipperary Remembrance Trust (Sara Nylund)

Some of the military personnel who attended the dinner and my talk for the Tipperary Remembrance Trust (Sara Nylund)

The Colour-Guard prepare to march through Tipperary town (Sara Nylund)

The Colour-Guard prepare to march through Tipperary town (Sara Nylund)

The military representatives prepare to set off from the Garrison Church to the Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

The military representatives prepare to set off from the Garrison Church to the Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

The procession from the Church through Tipperary to the Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

The procession from the Church through Tipperary to the Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

The Tipperary Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

The Tipperary Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

Major-General David Nial Creagh O'Morchoe lays a wreath on behalf of the Royal British Legion of Ireland (Sara Nylund)

Major-General David Nial Creagh O’Morchoe lays a wreath on behalf of the Royal British Legion of Ireland (Sara Nylund)

Squadron Leader Susie Barns lays a wreath on behalf of New Zealand (Sara Nylund)

Squadron Leader Susie Barns lays a wreath on behalf of New Zealand (Sara Nylund)

Colonel Sean English lays a wreath on behalf of the United Kingdom (Sara Nylund)

Colonel Sean English lays a wreath on behalf of the United Kingdom (Sara Nylund)

Lieutenant-Colonel Jean Trudel lays a wreath on behalf of the Canadian Defence Forces (Sara Nylund)

Lieutenant-Colonel Jean Trudel lays a wreath on behalf of the Canadian Defence Forces (Sara Nylund)

A wreath is laid on behalf of the Irish Defence Forces (Sara Nylund)

A wreath is laid on behalf of the Irish Defence Forces (Sara Nylund)

Group Captain Peter Wood lays a wreath on behalf of the Australian Defence Forces (Sara Nylund)

Group Captain Peter Wood lays a wreath on behalf of the Australian Defence Forces (Sara Nylund)

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean Cosden, US Military Attaché at the Tipperary Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean Cosden, US Military Attaché at the Tipperary Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean Cosden lays a wreath on behalf of the United States Armed Forces (Sara Nylund)

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean Cosden lays a wreath on behalf of the United States Armed Forces (Sara Nylund)

'The Last Post' is played at the Tipperary Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

‘The Last Post’ is played at the Tipperary Remembrance Arch (Sara Nylund)

'Going Home' is played by a lone piper at the ceremony (Sara Nylund)

‘Going Home’ is played by a lone piper at the ceremony (Sara Nylund)

 

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Irish American Civil War Trail http://irishamericancivilwar.com/2012/01/10/irish-american-civil-war-trail/ Tue, 10 Jan 2012 22:25:28 +0000 http://irishamericancivilwar.com/?p=3694 Readers of this site may have seen a recent post entitled Keeping Memory Alive of the Irish in the American Civil War. This highlighted the efforts of a number of like-minded individuals who wish to promote Irish involvement in the American Civil War in Ireland. The aim is to develop a Civil War Trail and Memorial to...

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Readers of this site may have seen a recent post entitled Keeping Memory Alive of the Irish in the American Civil WarThis highlighted the efforts of a number of like-minded individuals who wish to promote Irish involvement in the American Civil War in Ireland. The aim is to develop a Civil War Trail and Memorial to those from the entire island who were caught up in the conflict. A site has now been developed to further this goal, called the Irish American Civil War Trail. You can find it here. It provides the project’s mission statement, and also a drop down list of potential trail locations within Ireland categorized by county.

Irish American Civil War Trail Website

Irish American Civil War Trail Website

The site is still under development and there are many images and locations to be added, particularly concerning the birthplaces of Colonels and Medal of Honor recipients. However it will be added to over time and it is hoped it will act as a catalyst for the development of local interest at these locations. Please drop by and have a look at the site, and feel free to make suggestions as to potential additions, clarifications or to provide further detail on entries. We would also welcome any photographs of any sites in Ireland that could be added. If you would like to contact the group you can do so on the Civil War Trail site or by emailing americancivilwarandireland@gmail.com.

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Keeping Memory Alive of the Irish in the American Civil War http://irishamericancivilwar.com/2011/11/13/keeping-memory-alive-of-the-irish-in-the-american-civil-war/ Sun, 13 Nov 2011 14:56:08 +0000 http://irishamericancivilwar.com/?p=3286 One of the key aims of this site is the promotion of awareness in Ireland regarding the extent of Irish involvement in the American Civil War. Although well known in the United States, the defining influence this conflict had on hundreds of thousands of Irish in America remains virtually unknown in Ireland. There is perhaps...

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One of the key aims of this site is the promotion of awareness in Ireland regarding the extent of Irish involvement in the American Civil War. Although well known in the United States, the defining influence this conflict had on hundreds of thousands of Irish in America remains virtually unknown in Ireland.

Cobh (formerly Queenstown), Co. Cork. Major emigration port, location of Confederate spies, and port where the USS Kearsarge was accused of illegally recruiting British citizens

Cobh (formerly Queenstown), Co. Cork. Major emigration port, location of Confederate spies, and anchorage where the USS Kearsarge was accused of illegally recruiting British citizens (Photo by Ralph Rawlinson)

There is perhaps only one other conflict in history in which similar numbers of Irish were involved- World War One. Although recent years have seen a welcome increase in the study and remembrance of Irish participation in the Great War, the American Civil War has yet to achieve similar recognition. The principal reason for this can be attributed to one simple fact; the vast majority of those Irish soldiers and civilians caught up in the maelstrom of 1861-5 never returned to Ireland. Instead they went on to form part of what became the vibrant Irish-American community, and many of their stories did not make it back to the island of their birth.

Bride Park Cottage, Killumney, Co. Cork. Birthplace of Major-General Patrick Cleburne, C.S.A.

Bride Park Cottage, Killumney, Co. Cork where Major-General Patrick Cleburne C.S.A., 'Stonewall of the West', was born

The 150th anniversary of the American Civil War provides and opportunity for Ireland to recognise the effect this war had on Irish people. With that in mind a number of like-minded individuals who share an interest in Irish involvement in the Civil War have decided to see what might be achieved to this end over the course of the next four years. Robert Doyle, James Doherty, Ian Kenneally and I have started to work towards the realisation of two outcomes; the creation of a national memorial to the Irish soldiers and civilians, North and South, who were affected by the American Civil War, and the establishment of a Civil War Trail in Ireland highlighting locations with a connection to the conflict.

Sir Peter Tait Clothing Factory, Limerick. Confederate uniforms were made here in 1864 and shipped through the Union Blockade

Sir Peter Tait Clothing Factory, Limerick. Confederate uniforms were made here in 1864 and shipped through the Union Blockade

Thanks to the efforts of James Doherty, The Irish Times ran a piece about our aims in their newspaper on 11th November, which has already provoked a strong response. You can read Frank McNally’s article here. Although work is at an early stage it is hoped that momentum can be built for the project over time. An email has been established at americancivilwarandireland@gmail.com for anyone interested in helping achieve these goals, or indeed for anyone who has any advice. Hopefully at the very least the initiative will lead to a renewed understanding in Ireland of the experience of this ‘lost generation’ of Irish in mind-nineteenth century America.

Derrynane House, 19 The Mall, Waterford. Thomas Francis Meagher grew up here

Derrynane House, 19 The Mall, Waterford. Thomas Francis Meagher, later commander of the Irish Brigade, grew up here

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