All Blog Posts Tagged 'America's Civil War' (13)

Bust of Thomas Francis Meagher Destined for Brooklyn

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Thank you for letting me join up. I am currently working on a sculpture bust of Thomas Francis Meagher, destined for Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn this summer.

Here is a blog that talks about the project: …

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Added by Michael Keropian on March 20, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

'Himself' Underscores All Our Ancestors' Journeys

The more presentations I make of my book, HIMSELF, A CIVIL WAR VETERAN'S STRUGGLES WITH REBELS, BRITS, AND DEVILS, the more readers and commentators lead me to read further and think deeper. If I were to rewrite this historical novel, I would include episodes depicting how poorly received were Northern veterans upon returning home, how much they were forced to turn to one…

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Added by William J. Donohue on March 20, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments


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John Russell Young With President Grant in Ireland

Born in Dunamanna, County Tyrone, Ireland. John Russell Young (November 20, 1840 – January 17, 1899) was a journalist, author, diplomat, and the seventh Librarian of the…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 19, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments


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How a 22-Year-Old Firebrand Became 'Meagher of the Sword'

The very subtlest eloquence

That injured men can show,


Is the pathos of a pike-head,

And the logic of a blow.

Hopes built upon fine talking

Are like castles built on sand

But the pleading of cold iron

Not a tyrant can…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 12, 2016 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Is Irish Pride on the Wane?

In the 2010 census over 38 million acknowledged their Irish ancestry. Recently IrishCentral.com pegged the number at 36 million.

I believe the decline occurred because Irish-Americans in general don't understand what our…

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Added by James Francis Smith on February 19, 2016 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

American Saga of Wexford-Born Immigrant Loftus Crosier Gray

The above is a picture of Loftus and Mary Gray, my great-great grandparents. Jack Holt, the husband of Mrs. Billie Jo Holt (who provided the above photo) is also a descendant of Loftus Gray. Jack's maternal grandfather was Walter Gray. The…

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Added by Don Gray on January 30, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments


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John Gregory Bourke: Part 2 - Warrior, Author, Humanitarian

(Above: Captain Bourke saving bugler Elmer Snow in "Battle of the Rosebud" by Andy…

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Added by Joe Gannon on January 16, 2016 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments


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John Gregory Bourke: Part 1 - Warrior Anthropologist

Not many people in the United States or the world today know who Irish-American John Gregory Bourke was, and that is unfortunate. Few historical figures have ever had his rare combination of heroism in a major war; chronicling and participating in two…

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Added by Joe Gannon on January 15, 2016 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

Hay Foot, Straw Foot

While hiking with my American-born kids I found myself repeating the words “hay foot, straw foot” trying to motivate them to keep going as they were getting tired. I reflected on how I first learned the phrase from my West Cork granny, and decided to investigate the term a little further.  I grew intrigued to learn this phrase is shared between Ireland and America.



“Hay-foot, straw-foot” was a term my late granny…

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Added by Mairead Geary on July 28, 2015 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Memorial Day: Recalling Those Who Gave Their Last Full Measure

Memorial Day, originally titled Decoration Day, has a somewhat murky origin. But what is clear is that on May 30, 1868, 146 years ago today, 5,000 gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the 20,000 fallen warriors buried there, with the help…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 23, 2015 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

In `92, Billy Yank and Johnnie Reb March in Dublin

By Joe Gannon and Gerry Regan

It’s hard to believe that it’s now been 23…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 16, 2015 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Warfield Makes It Easy: 'Let Ye All Be Irish Tonight'

”They could take our land, starve our poor, destroy our homes and plunder our institutions; they could deny us education, but they could not destroy our music and song” No truer words were ever spoken. These are by Derek Warfield himself.

Derek Warfield is a…

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Added by Kevin Gleeson on November 17, 2013 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

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