All Blog Posts Tagged 'American Revolution' (20)

An American Imbolc

(An 18th-century drawing of a Delaware River ferry boat)

February 1 is the Celtic feast of Imbolc, which signifies change or rebirth. In Luke’s Gospel, it is when Jesus was presented in the temple to begin his…


Added by Mike McCormack on January 31, 2024 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Corkman Stephen Moylan: The Man Who First Wrote 'United States of America'

In the late 18th century, the Irish in America were some of the most ardent and loyal supporters of the cause of American independence from British rule. Recent scholarship has put the participation of the Irish and Scots-Irish in Washington’s Army at 40% and possibly more. A few of those…


Added by Joe Gannon on December 10, 2023 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

An Irish-American Hero

Edward Hand was born in Clyduff, County Offaly, Ireland, on 31 December 1744 and was baptized in Shinrone.  His father was John Hand, a descendant of the Mag Fhlaithimh family which translates: Hand.  Edward completed his schooling with a medical certificate from Trinity College,…


Added by Mike McCormack on September 4, 2022 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Irish at Washington's Crossing: A Historically Unforgettable Christmas

Some ‘historians’ ignore facts in order to downsize their presentation. What is most egregious is when the contributions of the Irish are thus ‘written out’ as inconsequential. Take Washington’s Christmas crossing of the Delaware for example. The Irish around Trenton, like Paddy Colvin, who ran a Delaware…


Added by Mike McCormack on November 29, 2021 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Sligo's John Patton: Revolutionary War Hero

Many Irish who contributed significantly to this nation have been undeservedly excluded from the pages of our school’s history books and their stories remain untold. One such is John Patton. Born in 1745 in County Sligo, John immigrated to Philadelphia about 1765. He met and married Jane Davis on 7 March…


Added by Mike McCormack on October 1, 2021 at 10:00am — No Comments

The O’Sullivan Beare Clan: Taking the Fight to America

When the rebels in Britain’s American colonies rose up against British rule in 1776, some of the most stalwart supporters of the cause of independence were the same Irish clans that had fought against the English / British rule of their own island for centuries. One of the septs that fought to the bitter end of…


Added by Joe Gannon on February 25, 2018 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Hercules Mulligan -- Washington’s Man in New York

By Liam Murphy

The last day of the American War for Independence was 25th November 1783, when, after an occupation of over seven years, the British evacuated New York City, and Washington, leading elements of the American Continental Army, entered the city in triumph.  To celebrate the event, New…


Added by The Wild Geese on November 14, 2017 at 6:30pm — 3 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. …


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

Gustavus Conyngham, USN: The “Dunkirk Pirate” from Donegal

Gustavus Conyngham is known to history as the “Dunkirk Pirate,” but that was the name the British gave him. It was not a name that he ever would have given himself. He thought of himself only as, Gustavus Conyngham, USN (United States Navy). He was never, in fact, a pirate. He was a commissioned officer in the new U.S…


Added by Joe Gannon on September 6, 2016 at 11:00pm — 10 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 Irish. I can assure you that none of the information I…


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

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

The Revolutionary War's final land engagement…


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

Tracing the Irish at War: From Stono Ferry to New Orleans: Part 2

Read part one

That summer of 1781, a French fleet under the…


Added by Robert A Mosher on April 2, 2015 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Tracing the Irish at War: From Stono Ferry to New Orleans: Part 1

Just over 200 years ago this past January came a climactic moment in military history with numerous surprising Irish connections.  The battle fought by Andrew Jackson that saved New Orleans also brought closure to a…


Added by Robert A Mosher on March 30, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

George Washington's Irish Christmas Present

As Christmas approached in 1776, George Washington and his…


Added by Mike McCormack on December 16, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Hercules Mulligan: George Washington's Irish Spy

by Bill McGimpsey

Alexander Hamilton died on the 12th of July, 1804. If he had not rowed his boat…


Added by The Wild Geese on November 11, 2014 at 5:30am — 9 Comments

Luke Ryan: Ireland's Buccaneer

Excerpts from "Irish in the American Revolution," by James Francis Smith


Dublin, Ireland…


Added by James Francis Smith on June 18, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Founding Member
Commodore John Barry Book Award for American Maritime Literature

An annual Commodore John Barry Book Award is established by the New York Council, Navy League of the Unites States for the purpose of recognizing significant contributions to American maritime literature and to encourage excellence in authorship. Such maritime literature should be…


Added by Liam Murphy on April 2, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

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

The Battle of Perryville from a contemporary illustration.

MÁIRT -- On October 8, 1862, Irish-born…


Added by The Wild Geese on October 5, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Western Civilization Now The Irish-American Chronicle

When a real-estate agent has less foot traffic than desired, he remodels the house, paints it, gets rid of the clutter, adds features the competition doesn’t have, and reduces the price.

That’s what happened to Western Civilization. It endured a title change, a new cover, a price reduction, and new features to educate while telling an interest-gripping story.

Visit my blog for…


Added by James Francis Smith on April 10, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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