Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English - Applied Geography, grade: 2,0, University of Heidelberg (Anglistisches Seminar), course: Landeskunde Seminar, language: English, abstract: Why did the Irish participate in the American Civil War in such a great number? Why were they so special? German immigrants, for example, joined the war in just as a big number as the Irish did. But never did a unit that consisted of mainly Germans carry the colours or symbols of their homeland into a battle of the American Civil War like the Irish did. In this paper I want to clarify why the Irish had such a big impact on the American Civil war. Further, I want to show that the Irishmen fought for more than just the Confederation or the Union but for their home country and much more.