Tag Archives: Thomas Meagher

“The Irish spirit for the war is dead:” The Irish Brigade at Fredericksburg and the Battle’s Impact on New York’s Irish-American Community

ECW welcomes back guest author Abbi Smithmyer Every year, thousands of visitors flock to the Fredericksburg Battlefield. As they walk along the sunken road, stand behind the stonewall, gaze into the windows of the Innis House, and walk through the … Continue reading

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We All Want to be a Little Irish Because of the Civil War

St. Patrick’s Day is the one day of the year everyone wants to be Irish. I can’t blame them. My Polish last name, Mackowski, belies the Cawley and Dempsey in me, so few people realize I’m Irish—but it’s there aplenty, … Continue reading

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Review: The Battle of Wise’s Forks, March 1865 by Wade Sokolosky and Mark A. Smith

March 1865 saw the Confederacy in severe straits, Union General Ulysses S. Grant had a death-lock grip on Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate forces around Richmond, Virginia. Meanwhile, in North Carolina, Union General William T. Sherman had reached the … Continue reading

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