Never Were Men So Brave: The Irish Brigade During the Civil War

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More American lives were lost during The Battle of Antietam than any other one-day battle in history before or since. Among the killed and wounded were 535 members of the Irish Brigade, a unit known for the 'recklessness of their charges and their tenacity under fire.' In vivid detail, Susan Beller tells the story of Antietam and of the remarkable Irishmen who made up one of the most famous Civil War fighting units.

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Overview

More American lives were lost during The Battle of Antietam than any other one-day battle in history before or since. Among the killed and wounded were 535 members of the Irish Brigade, a unit known for the 'recklessness of their charges and their tenacity under fire.' In vivid detail, Susan Beller tells the story of Antietam and of the remarkable Irishmen who made up one of the most famous Civil War fighting units.

Discusses the conditions in Ireland that led many to come to America in the mid-1800s, the formation of the Union Army's Irish Brigade, and the experiences of these soldiers during the Civil War.

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Children's Literature - Bruce Adelson
This impressively researched book about the contributions of Irish soldiers to the Union during the Civil War concerns the immigrant experience in America during the 19th century, the 1848 rebellion against British rule in Ireland and the legendary Irish Brigade. This brigade's Irish immigrant soldiers, whose war cries were considered the Union equivalent of the dreaded Confederate 'rebel yell,' gained a near legendary reputation for their courage in combat. At the Battle of Antietam in 1862, the Irish Brigade suffered over 500 casualties, more than half its strength. The author's attention to detail, research and passionate interest in her subject are apparent throughout this excellent book. She makes her characters and the times come alive with her animated prose and compelling narrative. The period line drawings and sketches also help bring the reader back to the mid-19th century. Many Irish Brigade soldiers who fought in America's Civil War did so to help their new country and to gain experience in warfare that they would export to Ireland to aid in its conflict with Britain after America's war concluded. But the Civil War changed these sons of Erie, transforming them from Irish expatriates into Irish-Americans.
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The story of the Irish Brigade, one of the most colorful and feared Northern units in the American Civil War. Supported by a generous number of period photographs and reproductions and skillfully selected excerpts from primary sources, the book documents the Brigade's origins among the "Young Ireland" movement of the 1840s, follows it through bloody military glory (at Antietam alone, the Irish Brigade suffered more than 500 casualties), and touches on the postwar fates of the survivors. Details of the author's historical research in Ireland and the U.S. abound throughout, but never slow the narrative, which is skillfully organized, fast paced, and compelling. Especially fascinating are Beller's vivid portraits of some of the Brigade's amazing characters. Among these were Commander Thomas Francis Meagher, who lived through deadly danger both as an Irish rebel and a Union officer to become acting governor of the Montana Territory before his death in 1867. Equally memorable, Father William Corby became possibly the most famous chaplain in the war after his inspiring blessing on July 2, 1863, caused Catholics and non-Catholics alike to fall to their knees on the Gettysburg battleground. This book is a fine example of historical exposition for young people, and is a worthy follow-up to the author's To Hold This Ground (McElderry, 1995).Starr E. Smith, Marymount University Library, Arlington, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689814068
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.31 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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