Irish Confederates: The Civil War's Forgotten Soldiers

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Contemporary Civil War scholarship has brought to light the important roles certain ethnic groups played during that tumultuous time in our nation's history. The axiom that the winners of wars write the histories is especially valid in regard to the story of the Irish who fought for the Confederacy from 1861–1865. Throughout the course of the Civil War, Irish Confederates made invaluable contributions to all aspects of the war effort. Yet, the Irish have largely been the forgotten soldiers of the South. In Irish ...

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Overview

Contemporary Civil War scholarship has brought to light the important roles certain ethnic groups played during that tumultuous time in our nation's history. The axiom that the winners of wars write the histories is especially valid in regard to the story of the Irish who fought for the Confederacy from 1861–1865. Throughout the course of the Civil War, Irish Confederates made invaluable contributions to all aspects of the war effort. Yet, the Irish have largely been the forgotten soldiers of the South. In Irish Confederates: The Civil War's Forgotten Soldiers, Tucker illuminates these overlooked participants.
 

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Editorial Reviews

Curled Up with a Good Book
4 stars. . . . very readable . . . This book is highly recommended to Civil War enthusiasts and those interested in Irish American history or culture.
The Rebel Rouser
A free-flowing history . . . easy reading as well as informational.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893114531
  • Publisher: State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

PHILLIP THOMAS TUCKER, winner of the Douglas Southall Freeman Award in 1993, has written fifteen books on Civil War, Irish, and African American history. He is an historian for the United States Air Force in Washington, D.C., and lives in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

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In 1982, two respected scholars, Dr. Grady McWhiney and Dr. Perry D. Jamieson, produced the ground-breaking book: Attack and Die: Civil War Military Tactics an the Southern Heritage. The central thesis of this work was that the Confederacy bled itself to death by an over-reliance on the tactical offensive in part because of the offensive lessons of the Mexican War, before advances in weaponry—primarily the rifled musket—made those offensive tactics largely obsolete. This work maintained that the Southerners' heavy reliance on the tactical offensive throughout the war resulted from the cultural and historical legacy of a Celtic past. For centuries, Celtic warriors were not only noted for their ferocity in combat but also for their over-reliance on offensive warfare, regardless of the odds or situation.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction                                                                                                                                                                  11
Chapter 1                                                                                                                                                                      40
The Irish Rebels of the Tenth Louisiana Clash with the Irish Brigade at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862
Chapter 2                                                                                                                                                                      47
Irish Confederates from Georgia Helped Defend Burnside's Bridge at Antietam, September 17, 1862
Chapter 3                                                                                                                                                                      54
The Celtic-Gaelic Brothers' War: The Twenty-fourth Georgia Meets the Irish Brigade at Fredericksburg
Chapter 4                                                                                                                                                                      65
Irishmen of the First Missouri Confederate Brigade at the Battle of Champion Hill. Mississippi. May 16,1863
Chapter 5                                                                                                                                                                      77
The Irish Rebels of the Fifteenth Alabama Infantry Storm Little Round Top, July 2, 1863
Chapter 6                                                                                                                                                                      87
Irish and Southern Nationalism Merge During "Pickett's Charge" and at the "High Water Mark of the Confederacy." July 3, 1863
Chapter 7                                                                                                                                                                      95
The Rebel Sons of Erin of the "Davis Guard" Rise to the Challenge at Sabine Pass
Chapter 8                                                                                                                                                                    101
Celtic-Gaelic Rebels of the Tenth Tennessee Infantry Regiment of Volunteers (Irish)
Conclusion                                                                                                                                                                 107
Bibliography                                                                                                                                                               111
Index                                                                                                                                                                            117

 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Excellent Study about the Forgotten Soldiers of the Civil War, t

    Excellent Study about the Forgotten Soldiers of the Civil War, the Irish.  The long-overlooked contributions
    of the Irish Confederates have been thoroughly explored in this work.  For the first time, I was able to fully understand
    and appreciate the many significant contributions and sacrifices of these amazing
    Irish warriors in some of the most important battles of the Civil War.

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