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The Irish in the American Civil War (Irish in the World) [Kindle Edition]

Damian Shiels
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This is the story of the forgotten role of the 200,000 Irish men and women who were involved in various ways in the US Civil War. This book is based on several years of research by the author, a professional historian, who has put together a series of the best of his collected stories for this collection. The book is broken into four sections, 'beginnings', 'realities', 'the wider war' and 'aftermath'. Within each section there are six true stories of gallantry, sacrifice and bravery, from the flag bearer who saved his regimental colours at the cost of his arms, to the story of Jennie Hodgers, who pretended to be a man and served throughout the war in the 95th Illinois.

About the Author

Damien Shiels is a professional archaeologist who specialises in 'conflict archaeology'. He has been on the curatorial staff at the National Museum of Ireland where he worked with the military collections and in the preparation of the Soldiers and Chiefs military history exhibition. He runs a website dedicated to the Irish in the US Civil War, together with a popular blog on the subject.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3342 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press Ireland (31 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00APDW208
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 30 Nov. 2013
By Rose 1
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Found this book very interesting, and well written, would certainly say the history it covered was fascinating. If anyone is interested in this subject they will not be disappointed I certainly would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating collection of stories ! 28 April 2014
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This book was real pleasure to read - as well as a treasure store of fascinating stories of the many and varied involvements if the Irish in the American Civil War. An essential read for for AMC buffs who want to add another dimension to their knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good insight 31 Dec. 2014
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This is an excellent read that is so much more than the War itself but the involvement of The Irish. I understand it all so much more now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 Oct. 2014
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Excellent book, very informative and easy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Ethnic History - Éirinn go Brách 10 May 2014
By Jim Schmidt - Published on Amazon.com
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Damian Shiels has written an excellent book on the role of Irish-Americans in the Civil War. Written from the unique perspective of a native Irishman rather than an American, and meant to appeal to and inform his fellow natives, it makes great reading for Irish Americans and anyone interested in the Civil War. It's also written with the talent and training of a professional historian. What sets this book apart is the freshness of the stories: these are not recycled tales. Of particular interest to me were: 1) the importance of the Irish in the antebellum regular army (and likewise, the importance of the army as a place for the immigrant Irish), 2) a refreshing emphasis on the navy, 3) exceptional coverage of recruiting scandals overseas, an aspect of the war entirely new to me, and 4) his excellent use of postwar pension files to tell the stories of veterans, widows, and orphans. The illustrations in the book are relevant and the quality of their reproduction is OUTSTANDING. If there are any faults, it may be that the author presupposes knowledge about the war that the general reader may not have; for my own part, I would liked to have seen some more emphasis on the religious aspects of the Irish soldier's life and also more on the iconography displayed in regimental colors of Irish units, etc.But these are minor. This is an excellent book and yet is only an extension of the amazing and unique research with primary materials that the author is doing at his website irishamericancivilwar dot com. Read the book and visit the website. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Erin go Bragh in America. 20 April 2013
By Frances S. Heales - Published on Amazon.com
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This gives a detailed account of the involvement of Irish men and women in the Civil War. Their invovlement went much further than The Irish Brigade. It has been under reported, probably because the soldiers served in many different forces, so you have to follow muster rolls and similar detailed service records to find them. The author relates the fierce involvement of the Irish troops to their previous expereinces in Ireland, fighting discrimination in their homeland
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5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ! 1 Jun. 2014
By Irish Mason - Published on Amazon.com
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I follow Damian Shiels on Twitter and on his blog. Knowing of his excellent knowledge & story telling ability I couldn't wait for it to come out in America so I jumped through hoops to get it as soon as it was available. It was worth it! Damian has a passion for memorializing the Irish who fought in the American Civil War - believing (as I do) that there should be some tribute to them in Ireland itself. From the perspective of an actual Irishman it adds a lot more interest for me. (I wish more Americans were as interested in the Civil War as he is!) I had lived around many of the battlefields and had a great interest in the Civil War. The Irish element was a welcome addition and I learned a lot! I didn't know how many Irishmen fought on both sides of the war. I didn't know that many were actually even recruited IN IRELAND. This is not a dull, boring facts book. It's the story of LIVES. Damian brings these people to life. He recently came to America and had an extensive tour of battlefields of the Overland Campaign. I look forward to more book by this talented historian / archaeologist. I highly recommend this book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Overview 25 April 2014
By General Phil Sheridan - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Shiels has carved the best overview if Irish soldiers in Civil War I have ever. Excellent research lays underneath his prose. His best move was not to get bogged down with Irish Brigade stories that have been repeated over and over. Fine work on the 23 Illinois and Colonel Mulligan. A good section on the 69th Pennsylvania at the end of his book. Very valuable for anyone who wants to establish a good base before delving deeper into the subject. My only negative was his lack of research into the many Irish enlisted men at Fort. Sumter.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, entertaining and an important book 19 May 2014
By Frank Burns - Published on Amazon.com
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This firstly is a great read. It contains a series of fascinating stories which of themselves are hugely interesting. The stories give a real feel for the horrific realities of that war, and the trauma and tragedy of those who took part. But it is far more; it summarises the massive role the Irish played in the civil war - a role which is largely unknown or ignored in Ireland. It also incidentally provides a good introduction to those seeking an overview of the civil war. This is a well-written, well-research book which brings history alive; the type of book which would be great to see on the school curriculum.
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