The Blue, Gray and Green


The Blue, Gray and Green

Gathering by the fireside of those of us passionate about the Irish experience during America's Civil War.

Members: 54
Latest Activity: Sep 16, 2021

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Civil War Photo Sleuth

Started by Nollaig 2016 Dec 1, 2018. 0 Replies Their mission is to rediscover the lost names and stories of every photo of American Civil War soldiers and…Continue

An Appeal for Civil War Descendants

Started by Nollaig 2016. Last reply by William J. Donohue Feb 10, 2017. 1 Reply

"Mind the Gap Films is developing a documentary about the personal experiences of Irish men who served in the American Civil War, for broadcast on RTÉ. We’re looking for descendants who have letters,…Continue

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Comment by Gerry Regan on March 19, 2013 at 12:42pm

Lovely exposure for the lads, of today and 1863, Peter. Back in 1990 we got similar coverage and it is a great tribute, then and now, to the impact living historians can have on historical memory. Who is that very handsome woman who marched in civil ian garb -- she reminds me of Maureen O'Hara?

Comment by Gerry Regan on July 11, 2013 at 9:57am

Ger, failte to the Blue, Gray and Green Group here. Feel free to contribute some of the observations you have developed on the Irish in America's Civil War, as your time and energy allow. Ger

Comment by Peter M. Berezuk on September 9, 2013 at 2:34pm

I enjoyed reading the article on Dick Dowling and the Battle of Sabine Pass posted today... September 9, 1863 was a bad day fro the United States Navy and Marine Corps with disasters in the Battle of Sabine Pass and in the Boat Attack on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.

Comment by Gerry Regan on September 21, 2013 at 9:29am

Interesting article in Irish America Magazine, featuring The 69th New York Volunteers Historical Association and the Army National Guard's 69th New York.

Comment by Gerry Regan on September 21, 2013 at 9:35am

Nice to see this reconnect between the Diaspora and Mother Ireland. It was as if Father Whelan was orphaned up till now.

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Comment by Gerry Regan on October 22, 2013 at 3:32pm

Daniel McCarthy, abu Clare! Delighted to have you within the Blue, Gray and Green!


Comment by Gerry Regan on October 22, 2013 at 3:37pm

BTW, please join me in congratulating author and new member David Gleeson upon last month's publication of "The Green and the Gray: The Irish in the Confederate States of America" (Civil War America).

Comment by Gerry Regan on October 29, 2013 at 1:26pm

Welcome, new member Mary Arnold, whose Irish ancestor, she relates, served in the Confederate army. Mary, might you provide more details of his service here?

Comment by Gerry Regan on October 29, 2013 at 1:39pm

Here's the lowdown on Mary's ancestor, or at least part of the story, awaiting Mary to fill in some blanks.

My great-grandfather James Butler was b.1832 in Clonmel, Co.Tipperary. He was in the British Army and also witnessed the Charge of the Light Brigade as an artilleryman in the 1st  Battalion of the Royal Artillery. After the Crimean War, he was sent to India and he deserted in 1857 from Calcutta and set sail for America. He settled in Memphis, TN. When the Civil War broke out, he joined "Walker's Ranger's" and was at battles such as Shiloh and Chickamagua. I found his desertion record from India last spring at the National Archives in London that confirmed the family story.    Mary Butler Arnold

Comment by Mary arnold on October 29, 2013 at 2:16pm

Thank you for the warm greeting Gerry. The family story is that James Butler was paid $1,000 to join the Confederate Army, probably because of his experience in the British Army. He had served with the British about 3 years after being forced into service. On the US Civil War website, this is the history of "Walker's Rangers". James was a Sargeant. James died in Memphis in 1911 after being a hardware merchant for many years. He m. Margaret Harrington in 1879 from Castletownbere, Co.Cork, and they had an only child Frank, b. 1880, my grandfather, born when his father was 48 years old.

2nd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Walker's)

Overview:2nd Infantry Regiment Volunteers [also called the Irish Regiment] was comprised of men from Memphis, Tennessee, and completed its organization at that city in May, 1861. In July totalling 541 effectives, it moved to Fort Pillow. It reported 18 killed, 64 wounded, and 33 missing at Belmont and suffered heavy casualties at Shiloh. Later the unit was consolidated into four companies and merged into Smith's 5th Confederate Infantry Regiment. Its commanders were Colonel J. Knox Walker, and Lieutenant Colonels James A. Ashford, William B. Ross, and James A. Smith."
James had a brother Patrick Butler b. 1839 who followed James to Memphis. He also served in the Confederate Army in a different unit,

154th Senior Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (1st Tennessee Volunteers)

Overview:154th (Senior) Infantry Regiment was organized in 1842 as the 154th Tennessee Militia Regiment. Reorganized at Randolph, Shelby County, Tennessee, in May, 1861, it was permitted to retain its old number. The men were from the counties of Shelby, Henry, McNairy, Hardeman, and Fayette. It fought at Belmont, Shiloh, and Richmond before being assigned to P.Smith's, Vaughan's, and Palmer's Brigade, Army of Tennessee. During April, 1863, it was consolidated with the 13th Regiment. It participated in the difficult campaigns of the army from Murfreesboro to Atlanta, returned to Tennessee with Hood, and was active in North Carolina. This regiment contained 802 men in July, 1861, had 13 disabled at Belmont, and lost thirty-one percent of the 650 engaged at Shiloh. It reported forty-one percent casualties of the 245 at Murfreesboro, and the 13th/154th totalled 428 men and 263 arms in December, 1863. The unit was included in the surrender on April 26, 1865. Its commanders were Colonels Edward Fitzgerald, Michael Magevney, Jr., and Preston Smith; Lieutenant Colonels John W. Dawson and Marcus J. Wright; and Majors Jones Genette, John D. Martin, and Marsh M. Patrick."Patrick d. 1917 at the Old Soldiers Home for Confederate soldiers in Hermitage, TN.He had one daughter named Agnes Butler Tirrell with wife Mrs. Ellen Kenney, a widow. 

 For anyone not familiar with the website above, I highly recommend it for Civil War history, It is supported by the National Parks Service and gives a wealth of information on Civil War history and it's regiments and soldiers.  best regards from Texas,   Mary Butler Arnold


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