The story of Gettysburg in many ways represents the struggle to define America in the mid-19th century. In the hour of need of two struggling peoples, at Gettysburg and many other Civil War battlefields, the Irish nobly fulfilled their duty.
As we approach the 150th anniversary of this epic struggle, July 1, 2 and 3rd, we are happy to present a variety of narratives and viewpoints on this chapter in American (and Irish-American) history, from our members and our archives. We hope that through these accounts we might better understand the drama of those three days, when the fate of the nation hung precariously in the balance. We pray for Irish luck so we never see their likes again. WG
Right: "Rock of Erin" by Don Troiani, courtesy of Historical Art Prints.
Here's a clip from the epic Ted Turner-funded film "Gettysburg" in which the soldiers of the Union Army's Irish Brigade are blessed before the battle.
Here's a nice video showing the monument to the New York regiments of the Irish Brigade at Gettysburg.