In both the North and the South, whole regiments and individual companies were recruited among the Irish immigrant communities. Whether New York factory-workers or New Orleans dock-hands, they volunteered in tens of thousands to fight on both sides. Meagher's Irish Brigade of the Army of the Potomac won immortality at Fredericksburg; but the brigade's "Fighting Irish" 69th New York had already met their countrymen of Wheat's "Louisiana Tigers" in battle at First Manassas, and many largely Irish units would serve with the Confederate Army of Tennessee. The text is illustrated with rare photographs and meticulous color uniform plates.
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