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The Irish Families of Elmhurst, NYC

Posted on March 22, 2016 at 2:30pm 5 Comments

When I entered the University of Notre Dame in 1965, the first thing I had to do was make some close friends. Notre Dame has no social fraternities and in 1965 no women. So one had to fish around your residence halls and classes to…


The Mystery of the 69th Pennsylvania's Irish Flags

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 11:00am 5 Comments

On the afternoon of July 3, 1863 Pickett's Virginians charged the Bloody Angle at the Gettysburg battlefield. This was the main confederate attack to crack  the Union line. Defending the left side of the…


Color Sergeant Michael Brady: The Luckiest Irishman in America's Civil War

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 12:30pm 1 Comment

If you have seen seen the movie "Gettysburg," you might notice that during the climatic Pickett's Charge, behind the Union line at the Bloody Angle are two flags, the Regimental stars and stripes, and the state flag--green with a gold trim. This green flag was the only Pennsylvania flag not…


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At 5:13pm on February 21, 2014, Gerry Regan said…

Mike a chara, awesome to have you finally part of the WG family. Failte, failte, failte! 

At 5:20pm on February 21, 2014, Gerry Regan said…

Mike, everyone interested in America's Civil War, please join us at WG's Blue, Gray and Green Group.

At 10:13pm on February 22, 2014,
Joe Gannon

Nice to see you here, Mike. I'm sure there are many folks here who would love to hear some of the stories you've uncovered with your Civil War and Fenian Brotherhood research.

At 9:40pm on February 23, 2014, Joseph Maghe said…

Mike, it is grand to see your name listed here. We are thankful.

At 8:02pm on April 6, 2014, Joseph Maghe said…

Mike, thank you for all of your efforts regarding the history of Thomas H O'Brien of the 88th New York in America's Civil War.... may your well of knowledge never run dry, you have inspired me on many occasions.

At 12:50pm on April 25, 2014, Cameron William Robinson said…

Mike great articles on 69th PA. I have been trying for along time to find details of their state color, ever since I got the two volumes on the Pennsylvania Civil War Flags. It is interesting that in the film Gettysburg how they hide the Green Flag behind the Stars & Stripes, so you can't see its the 69thNy or28thMass flag. It is also on the right instead of the national flag.I see from Troiani's picture he has the national flag on the wrong side. Is this copied from the film or did that actually happen? Again thanks for these articles, and to know that an Ulsterman was their colour bearer.


At 5:23pm on April 25, 2014, Michael H.J. Kane said…

Bill Rose who was the head of the 69th reenactors told me he had a "tif" with an associate director about his limited use of the 69th. There was another reenactor group who had friends on the movie's set and the Hollywood boys  used them much more than Bill Rose's  69th. If you see the movie and notice the Regimental flag (stars and stripes) Bill  Rose portrayed Color Sergeant Michael Brady.  

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