The Irish in the American Civil War

The Irish in the American Civil War

By (author) Damian Shiels


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Just under 200,000 Irishmen took part in the American Civil War, making it one of the most significant conflicts in Irish history. Hundreds of thousands more were affected away from the battlefield, both in the US and in Ireland itself. The Irish contribution, however, is often only viewed through the lens of famous units such as the Irish Brigade, but the real story is much more complex and fascinating. From the Tipperary man who was the first man to die in the war, to the Corkman who was the last General mortally wounded in action; from the flag bearer who saved his regimental colours at the cost of his arms, to the Roscommon man who led the hunt for Abraham Lincoln's assassin, what emerges in this book is a catalogue of gallantry, sacrifice and bravery.

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 18mm | 559.99g
  • 01 May 2014
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud
  • English
  • Illustrations, ports., maps
  • 1845887689
  • 9781845887681
  • 192,692

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Author Information

Damian Shiels is an archaeologist who specializes in "conflict archaeology." He has been on the curatorial staff at the National Museum of Ireland and he runs a website dedicated to the Irish in the Civil War.

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Well done & most intriguing

Mr. Shiels has done an excellent job in potraying the history of the Irish in the military service during the Civil War for both the Union and the Confederacy. He has presented a broad overview but has supported that by minutiae and vignettes of the individuals fighting in this war. Most of all he has given great bits of information and insight that then raises questions for further research and more
by Joe Maghe