Few brigades of the Civil War can boast of a record as distinguished as that of New York's 69th, yet it has never fully received the attention warranted by its record of military excellence, distinctive reputation, and the unusual perspective its members brought to the Civil War. In fact, the 69th was engaged in nearly every major action of the eastern theater; its military reputation was well deserved and its combat casualties, which are some of the highest of the war, are testimony to the soldiers' collective bravery and patriotism. In his post as war correspondent for the New York Herald, Capt. David Power Conygham was required to be an eyewitness to the many battles on which he reported - some of the experiences he would later describe when writing the history of the Irish Brigade. Conygham's account of the Irish Brigade is one of the best - filled with vivid accounts of battle, wit and humor, and an appendix of scrupulously gathered biographical data on the men who served the unit.
Novelist, historian, newspaper editor, war correspondent, and Irish revolutionary Conyngham (1840-83) sat down right after the Civil War to write his account of the colorful brigade of the Army of the Potomac in which immigrant Irish Catholics demonstrated their loyalty and contribution to the US. First published in 1869 (and reprinted several times in modern times). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)