All Blog Posts Tagged 'War' (154)


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John Paul Jones and His Irish Marines

As John Paul Jones, captain of the Bonhomme Richard, prepared to face two British…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 8, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments


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Westward, Ho! John J. Healy, Montana Pioneer

(Above: "When Wagon Trails Were Dim," Charles Russell's depiction of a wagon train in the American west.)

Many men and women with Irish roots participated in the “winning” of…

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Added by Joe Gannon on March 14, 2017 at 10:30pm — 6 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

Recovering and Refocusing, and a Change in Format

Recovering from a stroke provides a fellow time to consider his future. I plan to make 2 changes as my 83rd BD rapidly approaches. …



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Added by James Francis Smith on November 15, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

A U.S. Sailor Writes From His Post in Cork, 1918

Navy veteran John Washington Michael Condon died as he lived, a gregarious man with a penchant for sharing a good story. He was one of my father’s numerous uncles, and was known to me through Dad’s recollections as Uncle Jack. As evidenced by the…

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Added by Gerry Regan on November 10, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments


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Did the First Marine Recruiter Have Roots in Ireland?

Tun Tavern was erected in 1686. In the 1740s, "Peggy…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 10, 2016 at 5:00am — 15 Comments


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The First Irishman To Visit Tolstoy -- ‘Ireland’s One-Armed Patriot’

The first Irishman to visit Tolstoy was Michael Davitt. He…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 5, 2016 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment


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Mayo Native William E. Shannon - U.S. Soldier, Attorney, Leader, Abolitionist

William E. Shannon (c 1821-November 3, 1850) was Born in Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland.  He passed the New York State Bar, was commissioned as a captain in the New York Volunteers, and given command of Company J.  He arrived in San…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 2, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments


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Those Who Would Sculpt Civil War General Philip Sheridan

Integrity Protecting the Works of Man (by Ward) on the pediment of the New York Stock Exchange Building, Integrity, in the center, wears the winged cap of Mercury, the god of commerce. The figures on her left represent mining and…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 30, 2016 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

A Sincere Reply Regarding 'America's Birthday and the Irish'

It been a while since anyone held my feet to the fire over what I wrote, but Patrick O'Toole questioned some of the facts in my 7/5/16 blog America's Birthday and the…

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Added by Mike McCormack on August 4, 2016 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

The Great O'Neill -- Dead 400 Years in 2016

Last week, in his sleep, in his small palace in Rome, 400 years ago, one of the greatest figures in Irish history passed away, Hugh O'Neill. . With him in his final moments may have been his teenage son, John, whom he had nominated to…

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Added by Brian O'Doherty on July 22, 2016 at 4:30pm — 9 Comments

To Celebrate the 4th of July ... The Siege of Yorktown

The Revolutionary War's final land engagement…

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Added by James Francis Smith on July 4, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Young Irish Immigrant Awaits Recognition for His Heroism in Vietnam

Patrick Gallagher was born in Derrintogher, County Mayo, Ireland on February 2, 1944. At the age of 18, Patrick immigrated to the United States for the promise of a new life, one filled with opportunity. He quickly started on the immigrant dream: studying law while…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on May 28, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Walking to Work Through a Battle Zone

There are two routes I can take to my office when I leave the train station to go to work. They both pass a large 18th century building of Palladian, neoclassical design, which I used to admire as a child, long before I knew of its connection to my own family.

Now, as I pass it by, I study its…

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Added by David Lawlor on May 28, 2016 at 4:00am — 7 Comments

The Night the Nazis Bombed Dublin

Noel Brady was standing with his father at the hall  door of their family home on St. Ignatius Road in Dublin’s North Strand area when they heard the drone of a Nazi Luftwaffe bomber flying overhead.

“I…

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Added by David Lawlor on May 28, 2016 at 4:00am — 14 Comments


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Winfield Scott: Defender of Irish Rights ... Once

Winfield Scott is well known as the hero of the Mexican War and as the over all commander of Federal forces during the beginning of the Civil War. Few have heard much about his experiences in the War of 1812, however. One…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 26, 2016 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

'98 Rising Marked Pinnacle for Antrim Native Honored in New York

By Charlie Laverty

Just a few minutes drive from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., lies the modest village of Salisbury Mills. But its remembrance of the deeds of its men at war is far from modest: At the junction of two…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 4, 2016 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment


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Mary Brady: Angel of the Battlefield

There are perhaps no participants in war who see more of the agony and despair that it brings to humanity than the doctors and nurses who tend to its physically and mentally broken combatants. During the American Civil War, many women with no medical background took up…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 3, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Jews Who Fought in Famed Irish Brigade's 28th Massachusetts

In my research on the history of the 28th Massachusetts Volunteers, a Boston Irish regiment raised to be a part of Thomas Meagher’s Irish Brigade, the most surprising find was the identification of three Jewish soldiers who served in its ranks.  The three were…

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Added by Robert A Mosher on April 28, 2016 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

After the Easter Rebellion, Justice Turned Her Back on Ireland

Dublin Castle was the seat of British rule in Ireland for over 700 years.  On top of the gate to the courtyard of the castle is a statue depicting Justice.  The statue is unusual for several reasons. The figure of Justice faces inward not outward as would…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on April 18, 2016 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

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