The Civil War Parlor

”The dead continue to live by way of the resurrection we give them in telling their stories” -Stories of Real Human Beings Make History Powerful, Photographs Make it Immediate. A Blog Remembering the Men and Women of the American Civil War, North & South, people, faces, and a unique culture we will never see again. Photos and stories about the people that lived it, including African American Photographs, pre civil war photos and the period in cultural history that began just after the civil war. The historical info, photos and documents in this blog reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. This blog does not endorse the views expressed in some posts, which may contain materials offensive to some readers, you cannot compare the beliefs and ethical values of the people of the 1800's to the standards of today. Every effort is taken to remember the men and women of the Union and Confederacy equally with dignity and respect. The events of the war, and the men of the war, are fast fading from the public attention. Its history is growing to be an “Old, Old Story.” Public interest is weakening day by day. The memory of march, and camp, and battle-field, of the long and manly endurance, of the superb and uncomplaining courage, of the mass of sacrifice that redeemed the Nation, is fast dying out. Those who rejoice in the liberty and peace secured by the soldier’s suffering and privation, accept the benefits, but deny or forget the benefactor-1877 National Tribune.

The Irish Brigade, Marye’s Heights, Fredericksburg, VA, Dec. 13th, 1862-
“Your soldier’s heart almost stood still as he watched those sons of Erin fearlessly rush to  their deaths. The brilliant assault on Marye’s Heights of their Irish brigade  was beyond description. We forgot they were fighting us and cheer after cheer at their fearlessness went up all along our lines!”
Confederate Major General George Pickett in a letter to his fiance
The New York regiments went into battle that day without their green flags. In their stead, General Meagher and his staff gave a sprig of boxwood to every man to wear in his hat to identify them as members of the Irish Brigade. The 28th Massachusetts, the only regiment carrying a green flag that day, was placed in the center of the brigade as it made the assault. The rebels knew the Irish were coming, for they could see the Twenty-eighth’s “green flag with the golden harp of old Ireland.”
The results of the attack were devastating; the Irish Brigade that had gone into battle 1200 men strong, came out with only 263 standing between its five regiments. One company of the Eighty-eighth was reduced to only eight men and another could only muster one man. The men of the brigade felt that their incredible sacrifices were for naught, as one wounded officer bitterly recalled that “nothing of any good was obtained.”
Their courage did not go unnoticed, however, and even the London Times, an unlikely advocate of the Irish, reported that “Never at Fontenoy, Albuera, or at Waterloo, was more undaunted courage displayed by the sons of Erin.”
- See more at: http://the-american-catholic.com/2012/12/13/the-irish-brigade-at-fredericksburg-2/#sthash.51ur92uM.dpuf
http://www.orgsites.com/ut/thegriffinclan/_pgg5.php3

The Irish Brigade, Marye’s Heights, Fredericksburg, VA, Dec. 13th, 1862-

“Your soldier’s heart almost stood still as he watched those sons of Erin fearlessly rush to  their deaths. The brilliant assault on Marye’s Heights of their Irish brigade  was beyond description. We forgot they were fighting us and cheer after cheer at their fearlessness went up all along our lines!”

Confederate Major General George Pickett in a letter to his fiance

The New York regiments went into battle that day without their green flags. In their stead, General Meagher and his staff gave a sprig of boxwood to every man to wear in his hat to identify them as members of the Irish Brigade. The 28th Massachusetts, the only regiment carrying a green flag that day, was placed in the center of the brigade as it made the assault. The rebels knew the Irish were coming, for they could see the Twenty-eighth’s “green flag with the golden harp of old Ireland.”

The results of the attack were devastating; the Irish Brigade that had gone into battle 1200 men strong, came out with only 263 standing between its five regiments. One company of the Eighty-eighth was reduced to only eight men and another could only muster one man. The men of the brigade felt that their incredible sacrifices were for naught, as one wounded officer bitterly recalled that “nothing of any good was obtained.”

Their courage did not go unnoticed, however, and even the London Times, an unlikely advocate of the Irish, reported that “Never at Fontenoy, Albuera, or at Waterloo, was more undaunted courage displayed by the sons of Erin.”

- See more at: http://the-american-catholic.com/2012/12/13/the-irish-brigade-at-fredericksburg-2/#sthash.51ur92uM.dpuf

http://www.orgsites.com/ut/thegriffinclan/_pgg5.php3

  • 107 notes
  • 2 months ago
  • Feb 07, 2014
    1. ladybonnaire reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
    2. scalene-toaster reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
    3. redfemmedic reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
    4. almostparadigm reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
    5. shamrockinked reblogged this from celtfc
    6. 1867queretaro reblogged this from 1867queretaro
    7. and-also-lace reblogged this from the-fisher-queen
    8. aechlys reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
    9. itsanemptytomb reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
    10. ashweybugg reblogged this from novice-historian
    11. thenamseal reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
    12. novice-historian reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
    13. boredwiththislife reblogged this from grillmethatcheese
    14. grillmethatcheese reblogged this from irish-history
    15. the-fisher-queen reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
    16. acidic-grunge-kid reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
    17. timetravelagent reblogged this from theycallmegomer
    18. nememori reblogged this from irish-history
    19. nickapicella reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
    20. theycallmegomer reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
    21. alifefilledwithmendacity reblogged this from thecivilwarparlor
    22. lordghillie reblogged this from irish-history
    23. riggssm reblogged this from irish-history