Featured Blog Posts – January 2013 Archive (16)

'The Fighting 69th' Part 1

 

'The Fighting 69th'

The regiment that Robert E. Lee christened is going strong at 150

PART 1 IN A TWO-PART SERIES

By Lt. Col. Kenneth H. Powers, NYARNG (Ret.)…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 24, 2013 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Buckey O'Neill: Sheriff, Mayor, Rough Rider, American Hero

  By Joseph Gannon

 The Minstrel boy to the war is gone,

in the ranks of death you will find him.

His father's sword he hath girded on,

and his wild harp slung behind him.

It would be hard to find a life that more perfectly illustrates the grit, determination, and pure courage of the Irish in America in the 19th…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Marching the Queen's Highway: Battling 'The Pagans,' Part 1 of 2

Being on the twelfth day of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

'Born a Soldier': Myles Walter Keogh - Part 1 of 3: From Carlow to America's Civil War

By Brian C. Pohanka

Now I like Garryowen,

When I hear it at home,

But it's not half so sweet …

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Irish Dominate Medal of Honor List

By John J. Concannon

By a stroke of good fortune, I became involved in an Irish/Irish American book writing project that is dear to my heart.

(Left: "Brothers of Ireland" by Don Troiani depicts the 69th New York and 9th Massachusetts Infantry regiments in battle at Gaines Mill,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Mary Harris Jones: One Tough 'Mother' - Part 1 of 3: The Genesis of a Radical

By Joseph E. Gannon

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones was not your typical senior-citizen. At age 100, already well-established as one of the greatest labor leaders in American history, she was still giving tycoons heart-burn, still earning the title as "the most…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

'The O'Neill' Bedevils Mountjoy at Moyry Pass

By Joe Gannon…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Father Aloysius P. McGonigal: Battlefield Hero Without a Gun

By Joseph Gannon

Many men become known as heroes for their bravery in battle, for their willingness to face death in an effort to kill the enemy and obtain an objective, or for helping win the war for their country.

They are often celebrated by millions of their countrymen and…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

The 28 Irish GIs Who Died in Korea (July 2006)



Left, Marine Pfc. John Patrick White, born in Caherdaniel, County Kerry.

Five of the 28 Irish-born GIs who perished in the Korean War were born in County Kerry, including Marine Pfc. John Patrick White (left). Four were born in Cork, Roscommon and Limerick. Mayo was the birthplace for three, Leitrim and Antrim two, and…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

Sarsfield: 'Would It Were for Ireland'

Ah! Why, Patrick Sarsfield, did we let your ship sail

Away to the French Flanders from the green Innisfail.

For far from your country you lie cold and low:

Ah? Why Patrick Sarsfield, ah, why did you go.

We prayed, Patrick Sarsfield, to see you sail home,

Your flag waving victory across the white…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2013 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

A Gallant But Futile Charge -- The 69th at Bull Run

This article on the 69th New York at the 1st Battle of Bull Run is drawn from the book "The Irish Brigade and Its Campaigns," by Tipperary…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 18, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Cleburne: A Confederate 'Meteor'

by Joseph E. Gannon

(Left: The final, tragic, moments of Patrick Cleburne, as painted by artist Don Troiani.)…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 18, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

'To the Shores of Tripoli'

United States Marines have traveled several hundred miles overland, freed American prisoners of war, helped capture a Muslim city, and are now planning a regime change. That sounds like a possible present-day headline, but in this case the date was April 27, 1805, and the exploit was one of the most famous in the long and storied history of the United…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 18, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Just 'Doing Their Job' - Remembering 9-11

The 69th is called into action after the World Trade Center attack

PART 1 IN A FOUR-PART SERIES

69th New York veteran Vic Olney, the volunteer manager of the 69th armory's Officers Club, observed the battalion's soldiers last week as they returned from duty in and near "The Pit" created by the collapse of the 110-story twin…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 17, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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