Robert A Mosher's Blog (11)

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 included in a 19th century effort by Jewish…

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

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

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That summer of 1781, a French fleet under the…

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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…

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

He May Be the Most Famous / Infamous Irish Soldier You've Probably Never Known About

It was not uncommon for Queen Victoria’s soldiers to be Irishmen or to have Irish connections, but few of them had a career such as that of Field Marshal Frederick Sleigh Roberts,…

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Added by Robert A Mosher on December 1, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Building Your Irish Library

Ireland’s history, like that of most countries, is a mixture of history, legend, myth, ballad, and story.  Although part of my family came from County Tyrone in the years before the Famine, any stories from the family might have brought over seem to have slipped away over the…

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Added by Robert A Mosher on November 5, 2014 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

'Come On Back, Boys! Give 'Em Hell, God Damn 'Em! We'll Make Coffee Out Of Cedar Creek Tonight!'

In a sense (of history), I have a personal recollection of General Phil Sheridan and his arrival at the battlefield at Cedar Creek  on October 19, 1864 when he rallied a beaten Union Army and launched…

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Added by Robert A Mosher on October 16, 2014 at 6:00pm — 9 Comments

Travel and Music Can Broaden the Mind

I read a nice article this Sunday in The New York Times Travel Section about a young man’s growing interest in military history and how it influenced his…

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Added by Robert A Mosher on October 13, 2014 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

Listen to the Music

My wife and I are becoming regulars at our local, The Four Provinces in Falls Church, Virginia, where they host a Monday night session, or seisiún, of Irish traditional music.  We love hearing live music of all kinds and have tried…

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Added by Robert A Mosher on October 2, 2014 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

A Day at the State Department - September 11, 2001

On September 11, 2001, I was at work in my newly remodeled office at the State Department.  Following my normal routine, I was at my desk looking at the morning newspaper for any story that might require attention or action on my part for the noon press briefing that day.

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Added by Robert A Mosher on September 11, 2014 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

From Tile Media, An Exploration of 1916's 'Terrible Beauty: Áille an Uafáis'

On September 25, 1916, William Butler Yeats penned the words “a terrible beauty is born” as he wrote about the Easter Rising. …

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Added by Robert A Mosher on September 5, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

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