The site has been developed to include a number of resources for those interested in the Irish experience of the American Civil War. These include a reading list, details on Irish born Generals and Brevet Generals, After Action Reports, Regimental Nativity graphics, Regimental Losses, Irish casualties of the Fetterman Fight and Donors to the Irish Relief Fund.


Medal of Honor


Brevet Generals

Fetterman Fight

Regimental Losses

Donors to the Irish Relief Fund

Confederate Irish in Alabama

Correspondence of “Garryowen”

After Action Reports



16 Comments on “Resources”

  1. July 4, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    Can Feedly be added to the link list? I should like to be able to keep the articles and add them to a ‘magazine’ I create with Clipboard. Thanks in advance

    • July 7, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

      Hi Harry,

      I will look into this and see can I do that!

      Kind Regards,


    • July 7, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

      Hi Harry,

      I have added a Feedly button now, it is on the right of the site under the book link button. I hope this helps!

      Kind Regards,


  2. March 27, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    Hi Damian,
    I love your website. I am researching my 3rd great grandfather, Joseph McCabe who was a member of the 182nd New York, a regiment in the Corcoran Legion. Joseph was wounded in action before Petersburg, VA. He was sent to DeCamp hospital, David’s Island NY. He had his arm amputated and died from his wounds in 1867. Would you happen to have any information about this regiment ? I read alot about Corcoran and his other regiments. Thank you.



  3. Terry Foenander
    June 10, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

    Damian, is there a possibility of getting in contact with anyone from Dublin, please? The reason I ask is that I have some details of the death of a Confederate Navy officer in that city, and would like to try and find out exactly where he is buried. Thanks for any help or contact with anyone in Dublin.

    • June 13, 2014 at 9:40 am #

      Hi Terry,

      I will fire you on a direct email regarding this.

      Talk soon,


  4. June 11, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

    Hi Again Damian,
    Thank you for your reply. I apologize for not getting back to you sooner but I’ve been busy researching Joseph. Also, I apologize for this long message ! Anyway, I have found out quite a bit about him but still haven’t found out where he is buried. I learned that he was born in County Monaghan in 1827, Arrived in NYC in 1849 aboard the ship Columbus that left from Liverpool. He married Rose Dempsey in 1851 at St. Joseph’s Church. They had two girls, Catherine ( my great-great-grandmother) and Mary.He enrolled into Army- October 4, 1862 as a Private in Company F, 69th Regiment (Artillery) of NY. a member of the 182nd New York, a regiment in the Corcoran Legion.While he was fighting in the war, Rose died. The death certificate states apoplexy as her cause of death. Catherine and Mary went to live with their Uncle John. Joseph was discharged October 3, 1865. Died in NYC on December 27,1867 from the wounds in his arm that was subsequently amputated. His death certificate states he died at New York’s Charity hospital. There is no cemetery listed for place of burial which means that he was buried in a NYC potters field. There have been several potters fields in NYC over the years as I understand it. The potters field at the time when Joseph died would have been Ward’s Island. When Hart Island opened in 1869 it is said that all those buried at Wards island were disinterred and reburied at Hart’s Island. Now at Hart’s Island, there was a separate area where they buried civil war soldiers. In 1916 6 soldiers from that plot were reburied at West Farms Soldier Cemetery in the Bronx. The rest of the Civil War soldiers were reburied at Cypress Hills National Cemetery in the 1940’s. Sadly, according to the records, Joseph is not listed as one of them. I went to the NYC Municipal Archives but I was unable to locate any information about where he was buried. If he is at Hart’s Island, then they either did not realize that he was a civil war veteran and did not bury in the separate ground reserved for him or he was taken from Hart’s Island and buried elsewhere. I checked the national cemeteries in NYC and even Calvary cemetery (where his wife Rose is buried in an unmarked grave) and no one has record of him being buried there. There is a monument the Fighting 69th at Calvary and Michael Corcoran is buried there as well, but no Joseph. It is really sad to think that this man who left his country fought for his new adopted county and ultimately gave his life for it, lies in a potters field. I also found letters from 1890 Joseph’s daughters wrote to the US army pension department stating that their Uncle didn’t do right by them and used all of Josephs pension on himself and his family never giving a dime to Joseph’s girls. They were requesting to get the pension now but I doubt that they received it. I am not giving up on finding Joseph’s grave. The trail has gone cold though so if you or anyone else may have any information I would really appreciate it. I hope that one day he can at least rest with the honor he deserves.

  5. M. McAuliffe
    July 7, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    Mr. Shiels: Are you aware that the International Irish Famine Commemoration is being held in New Orleans LA in November 2014? As you know, New Orleans was the source of many of the Irish Confederate soldiers, many of whom arrived in New Orleans during the Famine years. My great great grandfather, John Judge, was with the 10th Louisiana Infantry, which was part of Lee’s Foreign Legion. John Judge was taken POW on May 11, 1864 during Spotsylvania battle. He was born in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, in 1823. His brother, Arthur, had a son, also John Judge (Union soldier), who was killed during the Spotsylvania battle on May 14, 1864. So, uncle and nephew both participated in the American Civil War but on different sides. The nephew’s wife was pregnant and the child, John George Judge, was born in August, 1864 and registered in NYC. The US Government gave the mother passage money to return to Ireland, and she did go back to live with Arthur Judge, the child’s grandfather. The website for the Irish Famine event is:

    I am just back from a visit to Ireland and met, for the first time, John George Judge’s great great granddaughter. We were able to connect through

    • July 15, 2014 at 10:31 am #


      I am it is great to see it in New Orleans. It is great to hear about your Judge ancestor- it is actually a name I have come across in relation to Nenagh before- there were many Federals from the twon too, so it is more than likely that John fought opposite some men from the same town as him. It is incredible that his nephew was at Spotsylvania. Do you have much documentation relating to them? Theirs is a story I would love to explore further. I am glad you got to visit the area where they were originally from. I recently wrote to the Irish Minister responsible for the Famine Commemoration asking that he consider mentioning the Irish of the American Civil War during the speeches in New Orleans. You can read about that here:

      Kind Regards,


  6. M. McAuliffe
    July 15, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    I don’t have any personal Confederate military records for my GG grandfather, John Judge, such as a discharge document or pension application. I did purchase (online) a book, “Lee’s Foreign Legion, A History of the 10th Louisiana Infantry” by Thomas W. Brooks and Michael D. Jones. John Judge is listed in the book as a member of Company “I”, Tirailleurs D’Orleans. The book shows John Judge was imprisoned at Fort Delaware and then transferred to the Old Capital Prison in Washington DC. I would think the transfer might have been the other way around–first at Old Capital Prison and then to Fort Delaware but I do not know too much about such matters. I also have in my computer those National Park records on Civil War soldiers; it seems John Judge’s records were combined in the records of a Greek fellow, John George Metilieno (also a member of the 10th Infantry), who died at Fort Delaware in Aug 1864.

    If there were any personal Confederate records for my GG grandfather, they were probably with my 1st cousin, twice removed, Anna Judge Veters Levy. Her middle name was Judge; she was one of John Judge’s grandchildren. She was the first elected female judge in the State of Louisiana. When she became a judge, she always used the name: Judge Anna Judge Veters Levy. Veters was her maiden name and Levy was her married name. She died in 1964. Her records were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Her husband remarried and the records remained with him and his third spouse.

    As to John Judge the nephew, he is in the National Park records and the 1901 Irish census records for Nenagh show his son, John Judge, with a birthplace of America.

    An interesting thing about my GG grandfather is that his first child born after the Civil War, a son, Dennis Joseph Judge, is listed in some US census records as “Mosby” Judge. I wondered where that nickname came from and then I learned about Col. John Singleton Mosby, the Gray Ghost. My GG grandfather was in prison with some of Mosby’s men so I guess that is the origin of the nickname.

    Mary Ellen McAuliffe

    • July 17, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

      Hi Mary Ellen,

      Thanks so much for providing this additional detail! It was a very appropriate choice of profession by your cousin :-) I don’t actually have the book on the 10th Louisiana yet although it is on my ‘to get’ list given the regiment’s number of Irish. I have had a look at John’s service record in the 10th. As you outlined it records him as captured at Spotsylvania Court House on May 11th 1864 and being sent to Fort Delaware arriving there on 17th June. It really is quite amazing the numbers from around Nenagh in the Civil War. The very first soldier to die in the conflict was from near there, and I consistently come across them.

      Kind Regards,


  7. Conor Robison
    June 21, 2015 at 3:14 am #

    Dear Damian,

    Hello, I was just wondering if you knew, or were aware of the fascinating story of the 69th New York’s Company D, which happened to be made up, originally at least of Irishmen hailing from my hometown of Chicago. They’d started out with Mulligan and served with the 23rd Illinois at Lexington, however, after they were paroled, and the regiment temporarily disbanded, some forty give or take, led by Lt. Timothy Shanley, traveled east to New York and there joined the 69th forming the nucleus of Company D. In this capacity did they serve with the regiment in its many bloody actions. Problem is I can’t find much about them after they join up, though I do know that Shanley died of wounds received at Antietam. T’is a fascinating tale, one that I’d love to know more about.

    Thank you for all that you do’
    Conor Robison

    • June 23, 2015 at 8:57 am #

      Hi Conor,

      Thanks for the comment! I was aware of the Company alright, but have never carried out much specific research into them. There are a number of widow’s and dependents pension files relating to the Company, including one for Shanley- his widow was on Mott Street in Manhattan. I will try to look into them a bit more over the coming months!

      Kind Regards,


  8. danmccarthy326
    October 22, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

    Hello Damian,

    I just found your blog and really liked your work! I was interested in doing some of my own research on the Fenians in the war, and noticed numerous references to the New York Irish-American Weekly. I found copies of the weekly on microfilm in Boston, but was wondering where you were able to find the articles you referenced in your posts.

    Thank you,

    Dan McCarthy

    • October 30, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

      Hi Dan,

      Many thanks for the comment and for reading! With respect to the New York Irish American, I access it via GenealogyBank which is a paid newspaper site, I have found it very useful. The other paper you should look at in the U.S. is the Boston Pilot, but that is unfortunately not online as yet.

      Kind Regards,


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