Irish-American Units in the Civil War

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Irish-American Units in the Civil War

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Some 150,000 Irish-American immigrants served in the Union Army during the Civil War (1861-1865), most of them from Boston, New York and Chicago, and about 40,000 fought in the Confederate Army. The best known unit was the Irish Brigade of the Union Army of the Potomac, which distinguished itself at Antietam and, particularly, at Fredericksburg, where its sacrificial bravery astonished friend and foe alike. Famous regiments were New York's 'Fighting 69th', the 9th Massachusetts, 116th Pennsylvania, 23rd Illinois and 35th Indiana. Two Louisiana Confederate brigages from New Orleans were almost entirely Irish and several other Irish companies made a name for themselves at Shiloh, Chickamauga and other key battles. This book will give a brief overview of the history of the units on each side of the conflict and will be illustrated with uniform details, flags and archival photographs.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Overview of Irish response to the Civil War · State by state review of Irish units, their uniforms, flags, arms and equipment

Product details

Published Aug 19 2008
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781846033261
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 47 b/w
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 448
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Richard Hook

Richard Hook was born in 1938 and trained at Reiga…

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