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.
Among the Irishmen at Gettysburg
Grab Keneally's Biography of an 'American Scoundrel'
Honoring Father William 'Fair Catch' Corby
An Irishman in the 8th Ohio Volunteers
June 28-30, 2013: Blue-Gray Alliance Gettysburg Reenactment
Private Willie Mitchel: An Irish Confederate Boy
"Faithful to us here, we lived him to the last.": Col. Patrick Kelly
For Erin and America - James McKay Rorty
The Irish Brigade's Fifth Regiment
The Stories Behind the Songs: 'The Irish Sixty-Ninth'
'Born a Soldier': Myles Walter Keogh
Defender of the Faith and the Union
Gods and Generals: 'Stonewalling' the Civil War
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.
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Great stuff! I visited Gettysburg when I was about 10 years of age. Don't remember a whole lot about it, so I'd really like to get back there soon now that I'm old enough to appreciate it.
Grand story and information. Up here in Maine we know of the importance of the 20th Maine under Joshua Chamberlain and charging an enemy position with no ammunition only guts and the order to,... fix bayonets !!!!