We extend our best wishes to all our American Wild Geese on this Independence Day. The contributions of Irish-Americans in the War Between the States is well documented and much discussed. Perhaps less so is the impact some of the earliest Irish immigrants had upon the American revolution of the late 18th century.
Many of these would have been of Scots-Irish descent, but certainly not all. Some historians have estimated the Irish made the very best of soldiers in the fight against the English crown because of the animosity which already existed from their experiences with the English and their penal laws back at home.
Below, we've provided links to articles which tell a small part of this story. We'd like to hear from you, though, on what you know about any ancestors who served in George Washington's Continental Army. Leave a comment below and tell us their names and where they came from as we honor those who served to help make the United States of America a beacon of freedom for the entire world.