Irish Americans in the Confederate Army
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Irish Americans in the Confederate Army

by Sean Michael O'Brien
     
 

In 1861, Americans on both sides flooded to enlist for what all thought would be a short and glorious war. Anxious to prove their loyalty to their new homeland, thousands of America's Irish immigrant population were among those who hurried to join the fight on both sides. While the efforts of the Union's legendary Irish Brigade are well documented, little has been…  See more details below

Overview

In 1861, Americans on both sides flooded to enlist for what all thought would be a short and glorious war. Anxious to prove their loyalty to their new homeland, thousands of America's Irish immigrant population were among those who hurried to join the fight on both sides. While the efforts of the Union's legendary Irish Brigade are well documented, little has been said regarding the role Irish American soldiers played for the Confederacy. This comprehensive history explores the Irish contribution to the Confederate military effort throughout the four major combat theatres of the Civil War.
Beginning with an overview of Irish Americans in the South, the book looks at the Irish immigrant experience and the character of the typical Irish Confederate soldier, detailing the ways in which Irish communities supported the Southern war effort. The main focus is the military actions in which Irish American soldiers were present in significant or influential numbers. With a combat death rate disproportionate to their numbers, the 40,000 Irish who served in the Confederate army played significant roles in the Army of Northern Virginia, the Army of Tennessee, the hotly disputed coastal areas and the Mississippi and Trans-Mississippi campaigns. Most major battles of the war are discussed including Manassas, Sharpsburg, Gettysburg, Shiloh, Murfreesboro and Appomattox. Appendices contain a list of various Irish commands and field commanders in the Confederate Army.

Editorial Reviews

Civil War News
wonderful story...an easy read...extensive research...a treasure trove...excellent resource
The Journal of Southern History
provides a blow-by-blow account of Irish participation in virtually all of the major Confederate battles...useful battle maps
Blue & Gray Magazine
an important addition to this long-neglected subject, and should be read by anyone interested in Irish or Irish-American history

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786475148
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/29/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Retired educator Sean Michael O'Brien is a free lance writer. He lives in Eufaula, Alabama.

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