"As mid-19th century America erupted in violence with the invasion of Mexico and the outbreak of the Civil War, Irish immigrants joined in large numbers on both sides. History has honored the valor of many. This collection of essays examines the involvement of Irish men and women in American military life from 1840 to 1865"--
Part I. Mexican War -- The Irish soldiers of Mexico / Michael F. Hogan -- Irish Americans and the War with Mexico / Arthur H. Mitchell -- Part II. American Civil War -- The New York Irish Brigade recruits and their families in the era of the Civil War / Marion Truslow -- Philadelphia Irish during the Civil War / Phillip G. Pattee -- Preserving the union: shaping a new image of Chicago's Irish Catholics and the Civil War / Lawrence J. McCaffrey -- The Boston Irish and the Civil War / Arthur H. Mitchell -- What made the "Fighting Irish" fight / D.R. O'Connor Lysaght -- Irish women in the Civil War / Eileen M. McMahon -- Judge Charles Daly and the New York Irish in the era of the Civil War / Aidan O'Hara -- Irish and African Americans in the Civil War era / Andre Fleche -- Christopher Byrne, Civil War soldier, writes home / Ruth-Ann Harris -- Bishop Patrick Lynch of Charleston and the Confederacy / David Heisser -- John Mitchel and the Confederacy / Kelly O'Grady -- Patrick Cleburne, Irish Confederate general / Mauriel P. Joslyn -- Dick Dowling, Texas Irishman / Ann Caraway Ivins -- Mahan and son: master purveyors of U.S. policy for over a century / Desmond Travers -- Twice in the gap of danger / Frank Boyle -- The American Civil War, the Fenians and Ireland / Owen McGee
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