All Blog Posts Tagged 'American Civil War' (261)

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 25 - October 31

LUAIN -- On Oct. 26, 1771, John (Juan) MacKenna, who would rise to fame in South America, was born in Clogher, County Tyrone. MacKenna was related to Gen. Alexander O'Reilly, of the Spanish army, and O'Reilly helped MacKenna get…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: October 11 - October 17

DOMHNAIGH -- On October 11, 1860, all the militia units of New York City were ordered to turn out to march in honor of the visiting Prince of Wales, the 19-year-old heir to the English throne.

(Left: Courtesy of the late Lt. Col. Ken Powers, historian,…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: October 4 - October 10

DOMHNAIGH -- On October 4, 1693, units of the Irish Brigade of France fought in Italy at the battle of Marsaglia. Prince Eugene of Savoy commanded the allies of William…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: September 20 - September 26

LUAIN -- On Sept. 21, 1827, Michael Corcoran (left), a brigadier general in the Federal Army during America's Civil War, was born in Carrowkeel, County Sligo. Corcoran served as a policeman in the Royal Irish Constabulary but resigned during the Great Hunger, no longer…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: September 13 - September 19

DOMHNAIGH -- On September 13, 1803, John Barry (left), of Ballysampson, Co.Wexford, considered by many to be the 'Father of the U.S. Navy,' died in Philadelphia. At a young age, Barry went to sea as a fisherman; by age 20, he…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: September 6 - September 12

MÁIRT -- On September 8, 1798, Lord Cornwallis and General Gerard Lake cornered French General Joseph Humbert's small Franco-Irish army at Ballinamuck, County Longford. With the two British armies closing in, Humbert drew his men up into line of battle. Humbert had…

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"Their Stories, Our Heritage, Not Forgotten" Irish Heritage Week, 2020: 9th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry U.S.A.

According to the 1860 US Census the population of the State of Connecticut was home to over 50,000 Irish born immigrants, with many engaged in work as labourers in quarries and on railroad construction.

On the outbreak of the War many of these Irish rushed to join the ranks, enlisting for 3 months. Some of these, serving under officers like…

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Added by Liam McAlister on August 23, 2020 at 12:30am — No Comments

"Their Stories, Our Heritage, Not Forgotten" Irish Heritage Week, 2020.Col. Ricard O’Sullivan-Burke; An Irish Patriot—On Both Sides of the Atlantic

Born in Kinneigh, Co. Cork, Ricard O’Sullivan-Burke received his early education in Dunmanway where he seems to have developed a keen interest in the military. At the age of 15 years, he enlisted in the South Cork Light Infantry (Militia) and served at the barracks in Bandon, Kinsale, Limerick and Dublin. However, within three years Ricard had…

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Added by Liam McAlister on August 22, 2020 at 2:00am — No Comments

"Their Stories, Our Heritage, Not Forgotten" Irish Heritage Week, 2020; 5th Confederate Infantry Regiment

Memphis Tennessee was home to the 2nd largest Irish population in the South and on the outbreak of war, many rushed to the state colours.

Colonel Knox Walker was in command of 2nd TN. Infantry Regt, a.k.a. “Irish Regiment”. Early uniforms made by the ladies of the city consisted of a dark, 8 button, frock coat,…

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Added by Liam McAlister on August 21, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

"Their Stories, Our Heritage, Not Forgotten" Irish Heritage Week, 2020. The Irish Brigade at Antietam

Led by the colourful, Brig-Gen. Thomas Francis Meagher, the Irish Brigade began Sept. 17th by crossing the Antietam at Pry’s Ford before joining the battle, like most of the II Corps, piecemeal. Gen. French trailed Sedgwick toward the West Woods before they veered southwards and the CS centre, where they encountered DH…

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Added by Liam McAlister on August 20, 2020 at 7:30am — No Comments

"Their Stories, Our Heritage, Not Forgotten" Irish Heritage Week, 2020. 10th Tennessee Infantry, CSA; “The Bloody Tinth”

Originally organized at Fort Henry, TN., the 10th was comprised of men from the Nashville area, as well as, Humphreys, Giles, Davidson, and Montgomery counties of Tennessee. Initially serving at Ft. Henry the 720 men of the regiment were transferred to Ft. Donelson where it was part of Col. Heiman’s command which was surrendered in February…

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Added by Liam McAlister on August 19, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

An Irishwoman at War (Irish Heritage Week 2020)

Albert D.J. Cashier enlisted as a private in Company G, 95th Illinois Infantry in August 1862. Standing at 5 feet, 3 inches tall, he was…

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Added by Liam McAlister on August 17, 2020 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Fr. John Bannon -- 1st Missouri Brigade, C.S.A. (Irish Heritage Week 2020)

In July 2013, I was honoured to give an oration at the graveside of Fr. John Bannon. The following, though long, is the text of my speech. Regards, Liam. (This post is part of a week-long series I've titled, 'Their Stories, Our Heritage, Not Forgotten', in honor of Irish Heritage Week 2020.) 

Commemoration…

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Added by Liam McAlister on August 16, 2020 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: August 2 - August 8

DOMHNAIGH -- In the early morning hours of August 2, 1943, a small American torpedo boat was moving just west of New Georgia in the Solomon Islands. In command was a young…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 1, 2020 at 3:30pm — No Comments

'If It Had Only Been For Ireland': John C. Mitchel Dies in Carolina

John C. Mitchel arrived in the USA in 1853 with his father, also, John. The elder Mitchel went on to become a, fiercely, pro Southern newspaper editor while John C. enlisted in the Confederate States army on the outbreak of America's Civil War, after initially working as an engineer on the railroads.…

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Added by Liam McAlister on July 20, 2020 at 5:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: July 19 - July 25

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 19, 1798, after months of begging and cajoling by Theobald Wolfe Tone, the French…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 18, 2020 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: July 12 - July 18

DOMHNAIGH -- On July 12, 1691, the Jacobite army in Ireland fought the forces of William of Orange at the Battle of Aughrim. Although the battle of the Boyne fought a year earlier is seen by many today as decisive, the Jacobite army was still a grave threat to…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 11, 2020 at 5:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 28 - July 4

DOMHNAIGH -- On June 28, 1920, at Wellington barracks in Jullundar, India, 350 Irish members of the famous Connaught Rangers regiment of the British army laid down their arms and refused to keep soldiering as long as British troops remained in Ireland. The mutiny soon…

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This Week in the History of the Irish: June 21 - June 27

LUAIN -- On June 22, 1922, Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson was shot and killed by two IRA…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 20, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: June 7 - June 13

LUAIN -- On June 8, 1853, John Mitchel escaped from Australia, eventually making it to the United States. Mitchel, a member of the Young Ireland Party, was born in Comnish, Co. Derry. John was the son of a Presbyterian minister. He obtained a law…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 6, 2020 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

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