Thomas Francis Meagher and the Irish Brigade in the Civil War

Thomas Francis Meagher and the Irish Brigade in the Civil War

by Daniel M. Callaghan


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When President Lincoln issued his 1861 call to arms, the 63rd, 69th and 88th New York Volunteers were among the first to step forward. Comprised primarily of first and second generation Irish immigrants, these three regiments were later joined by the 28th Massachusetts and the 116th Pennsylvania. Suffering heavy casualties, this Irish Brigade, commanded by Thomas Francis Meagher, was one of the most famous fighting groups of the Civil War.
This work provides a balanced, historically factual picture of the Irish Brigade and its commander, focusing on their role in the Seven Days’ battles and at Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Primary sources range from veterans’ memoirs published just after the war to letters and memoirs published as recently as 1996.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786466061
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/30/2011
Pages: 213
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Daniel M. Callaghan has written on politics and education policy. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

1. Saved by Sumter 7

2. “You Are All Green Alike” 18

3. The Fighting 69th 27

4. Standing by the Union 35

5. Commissioning a Brigade 43

6. Frolics and Frustrations 54

7. Fort Monroe to Fair Oaks 61

8. “Column of Generous Friends” 73

9. To Malvern Hill 79

10. Rebels Resurgent 88

11. “The Longest Saddest Day” 97

12. To Fredericksburg 107

13. Visions of Hell 117

14. “Our Noble Little Brigade Has Almost Disappeared” 131

15. A Sideshow of the Big Show 147

16. Gettysburg—The “Terifick Battle” 153

17. Fire in the Rear 163

18. “What There Is Left of It” 171

Notes 181

Bibliography 197

Index 201

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