Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

8/8/2006

The Irish Brigade In America

Verse 1 begins: ‘You gallant sons of Erin’s isle, of high and low degree, / Who are fighting in the American states to put down slavery’.

This rather short, but detailed, text celebrates the Irish-American soldiers who fought in the American Civil War (1861-65). Many of the Irish emigrants who gained access to America settled in the area around New York, and it was here that the Irish Brigade was raised at the onset of civil war. Under the leadership of General Thomas Francis Meagher, the Irish Brigade went on to fight with the Union Army, and as a result, enjoyed sharing in their success. for more click here

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