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A young Illinois soldier in the Civil War (Library of Congress)

“Hoping you will not take it to heart”: The Final Days of an Irish-American Boy Soldier

The site has consistently returned to the many members of the Irish community in the United States whose nativity was neither Irish or American. Many of these Irish-Americans had been born during the process of step-migration, in places such as Britain and Canada. Thousands of such men fought during the conflict, and generally identified with the Irish-American […]

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Book Review: Notre Dame and the Civil War

The University of Notre Dame, Indiana, has had a long standing connection to Ireland. This relationship continues to this day,with the University home to initiatives such as the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, and of course the famous ‘Fighting Irish’ sports teams. Now author James M. Schmidt has produced a book which charts Notre Dame’s […]

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‘A Body of Heroes’: The 35th Indiana at Stones River

The 272 men of the 35th Indiana seemed to be spending most of the Battle of Stones River out of harms way. The fighting had been ongoing since 31st December, when a Confederate force had smashed into the Union army’s right flank, almost winning a stunning victory for the Rebels. The Irishmen were positioned on […]

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Battle Above the Clouds: The 35th Indiana at Lookout Mountain

‘Gentlemen, we are to storm and carry the enemy’s works on Lookout. You will of course whip the enemy, and then we will all assemble at my quarters and take a drink’ (1). So said Brigadier-General Walter C. Whitaker to his troops shortly before 9am on 24th November 1863, as they prepared to assault the […]

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Father Corby at Gettysburg (Memoirs of Chaplain Life)

Father Corby Statue 100 Year Anniversary

A recent post told the story of Father Corby’s absolution of the Irish Brigade at Gettysburg in 1863. A statue of the chaplain was erected at the battlefield on the 29th October 1910, and will soon celebrate its 100th birthday. To commemorate the occasion the Father William Corby Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, […]

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Father Corby at Gettysburg (Memoirs of Chaplain Life)

Father Corby’s Gettysburg Absolution

On July 2nd 1863, 147 years ago today, the Irish Brigade of the Army of the Potomac were preparing to go into action on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg. With the Federal Third Corps being pushed back by the Confederates, the Irish were ordered to fall in and take arms. Only minutes […]

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