(and other Media) to aid in Research
|BEERS, Henry P.
& MUNDEN, Kenneth W.: Guide to Federal Archives Relating to the
Civil War. First
published by the US National Archives in 1962, it's an in-depth list and
description of the various record groups held by the US National Archives
and Records Administration which apply to not only the Federal Army and
Navy, but the entire U.S. Government as well during the Civil War period.
BEERS, Henry P.:
to the Archives of the Government of the Confederate States of America.
published by the US National Archives in 1968, this is the companion volume
to the Federal guide, this time covering Confederate records at NARA.
GROENE, Betram Hawthorne:
Your Civil War Ancestor, John
F. Blair, Pub., Winston-Salem, NC. Originally published in 1973,
this book has been revised as needed several times (as recently as 1995).
It's still a very good one-stop guides for tracing individuals who served
on either side in the Civil War. Topics covered are what's available
and how to use the US National Archives, the various State Archives, the
Army & Navy Official Records, bibliographies, personnel files
and rosters. The author includes examples of how he himself did research.
An added bonus is a chapter on acquiring and identifying Civil War equipment.
Included are listings of institutions holding microfilmed service records
from NARA and/or complete indexes, and a bibliography.
|HOLZER, Harold (editor) and
LORELLO, Daniel (compiler): The Union Preserved - A Guide to Civil
War Records in the New York State Archives,
Univ., New York, 1999, 172pp. Of the approximately 150,000 Irish-born
who fought for the Union, over a quarter (42,095) were credited to New
York. This book describes in detail the records held by the State
Archives, a resource which anyone doing New Yorker research should not
Justus: Locating Union & Confederate Records - A Guide to the
Most Commonly Used Civil War Records of the National Archives and Family
History Library, HeritageQuest,
North Salt Lake, UT, 2001, 152pp. This book compliments and
supplements Groene's guide, and is written more with the genealogist in
mind. Includes microfilm numbers for records available from NARA
or the Family History Library (LDS), what info is available on CD-ROM,
and includes chapters on amnesty papers, Soldiers' Homes, and Veterans'
A.: How to Do Civil War Research, Combined
Publishing, Conshohocken PA, 2000, 160pp. Originally published in
1995 under the title Research Secrets of a Civil War Historian,
this is yet another general guide, but includes many other resources not
covered by Groene or Morehead.
AIMONE, Alan C. & Barbara
A.: A User's Guide to the Official Records of the American Civil
Mane Pub. Co, Shippensburg PA, 1993, 125pp. This gives a history
and overview of the Army and Navy Official Records (described below) along
with the Atlas that accompanied the Army records. An excellent researcher's
bibliography is included.
of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and
Usually referred to as the Official Records, OR-Army or simply OR, it's
a massive collection of selected reports and correspondence in 127 books
plus index. It's also been published on CD-ROM by several sources
and is available
An atlas was included as part of the original publication; it's usually
available as a reprint (and CD-ROM) but is separate from the books themselves.
Comparatively few individuals are mentioned - the lower one's rank, the
less likely he would appear in these reports. Main benefit to genealogists
is researching the military history of the ancestor's unit.
of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and
Confederate Navies. Usually
referred to as the OR-Navy or ORN, it has 31 volumes, plus index.
Like the OR-Army, the main benefit to genealogists is researching the activities
of the ancestor's ship, not so much the ancestor himself. However,
crew lists of Confederate vessels are included. This is also available
Studies and Statistics:
DYER, Frederick H.: A
Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. First
published in 1909 and reprinted several times, Dyer's is an exhaustive
compilation of facts and statistics dealing with the Federal Army.
Includes summary histories of all Federal regiments, organization tables,
lists of engagements, casualty tables.
H., Jr.: Units of the Confederate States Army,
Books, Midlothian VA, 1987, 423pp. Gives capsule histories of most
Confederate units (while all regiments appear to be listed, some smaller
units are not included). Unfortunately, nowhere near as in-depth
SIFAKIS, Stewart: A
Compendium of the Confederate Armies,
Facts on File, New York, 1994. Haven't seen this myself,
but it's been described as "The South's answer to
Dyer at last!"
EVANS, Clement A., General
Editor: Confederate Military History.
First published in 1899 as a 12 volume set, a recent reprint by Broadfoot
Publishing with additional material consists of 19 volumes, including the
2 volume index. Each volume covers a State with one devoted to the
CS Navy. Each written by a different author who set his own format,
the quality and amount of information varies from one volume to the next.
BURTON, William: Melting
Pot Soldiers. The Union's Ethnic Regiments,
Univ. Press, New York, 1998, 282ppniv. Covers much more than just Irish
units but a large portion is devoted to them. With Lonn's study being
long out of print, this more than adequately tfills the gap.
LONN, Ella: Foreigners
in the Confederacy, Univ.
of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2002 (reprint), 566pp. First published
in 1940, Professor Lonn's pioneering study shattered the myth that the
South was a homogenous land of WASPs. Not only the Irish contribution
is covered here, but that of Germans, French, Poles, even Chinese as well.
LONN, Ella: Foreigners
in the Union Army and Navy.
First published in 1951, this compliments Lonn's Confederate study. (out
of print (and rare))
McDONALD, JoAnna M, editor: The
Faces of Irish Civil War Soldiers, Rank
and File Publications, Redondo Beach, California, 1999. This is a
collection of identified photographs of 200 soldiers, both Union and Confederate,
both the well known and the obscure, but all Irish. Besides the name,
with each photo comes information (when known) on- rank, organization,
age at enlistment, and whether the soldier was killed, wounded, captured,
paroled, or survived the war.
Unit Studies - Confederate:
P.: Irish Rebels, Confederate Tigers - A History of the 6th
Louisiana Volunteers, 1861-1865, Savas
Pub., Mason City IA, 1998, 388pp. This predominately Irish unit served
in the Army of Northern Virginia and saw action from First Manasses/Bull
Run to Appomattox, dwindling to a shadow of its original compliment of
almost 1000 men. A complete roster with biographical information
GLEESON, Ed: Rebel Sons
of Erin - A Civil War Unit History of the Tenth Tennessee Infantry Regiment
(Irish) Confederate States Volunteers, Guild
Press, Zionsville IN, 1993, 400pp. Recruited in and around Nashville,
the 10th was a green
flag unit which saw action at Forts Henry and Donelson, the Vicksburg campaign,
then served with the Army of Tennessee for the rest of the war.
O'GRADY, Kelly J.: Clear
the Confederate Way! The Irish in the Army of Northern Virginia,
Pub., Mason City IA, 2000, 348pp. A study of what was until recently a
largely overlooked subject - the Irish Confederates. O'Grady concentrates
on telling the story of those who served in Lee's army, but also delves
into Irish society - South, North, and in Ireland - during the 1860s.
Appendix includes a listing and short biography of Irish officers, and
a list and description of Irish companies.
G.: Remember Fontenoy! The 69th
New York and the Irish Brigade in the Civil War,
House, Hightstown NJ, 1995, 269pp. History covers the 69th
NYSM at the first battle of Bull Run and then goes on to the Irish Brigade
from its formation to its final muster out. A very well illustrated
book: over 100 photographs, prints, sketches, and lithographs. A
real treat is that the quarterly ordnance reports - when available - for
each company are included; these state what type and quantity of rifle
or musket was being used.
BILBY, Joseph G. & O'Neill,
Stephan D., editors: "My Sons Were Faithful and They Fought" - The
Irish Brigade at Antietam: An Anthology, Longstreet
House, Hightstown NJ, 1997, 131pp. This is a collection of 12 essays
and first-person accounts, written or edited by several authors.
Includes a biography of Thomas F. Meagher and a list of the Irish Brigade
dead with final resting place, if known.
as far as I've determined, all of the enlisted men of the Irish Brigade
who were killed in action - rather than mortally wounded - on 17 September
1862 are in graves marked "Unknown".)
|BOYLE, Frank A.:
Party of Mad Fellows - The Story of the Irish Regiments in the Army of
the Potomac, Morningside,
Dayton OH, 1996, 419pp. Author examines the history of the "Green
Flag" regiments in the Army of the Potomac: 9th
& 28th Massachusetts
Infantry Regiments; 37th,
(Militia), 69th (Volunteers),
& 182nd New York
Infantry Regiments; 69th
& 116th Pennsylvania
P.: The Irish Brigade and Its Campaigns.
published in 1869 and recently reprinted. Captain Conyngham served
with the Irish Brigade and acted as the brigade historian. Appendix
includes short biographies of the officers of the brigade staff and regiments.
ERNSBERGER, Don: Paddy
Owen's Regulars: A History of the 69th
Pennsylvania "Irish Volunteers". Xlibris
Corporation, Philadelphia, 2004, 1091pp in 2 volumes. An exhaustive
study, lots of information on the private soldiers who served with the
regiment. Vol 1 covers the period from the regiment's being organized
through 2 July 1863 at Gettysburg, while Vol 2 takes the story from 3 July
1863 to muster out and beyond. (Note:
This is printed on-demand and is only available directly from the publisher.)
GOTTFRIED, Bradley M.: Stopping
Pickett - The History of the Philadelphia Brigade.
Mane Book, Shippenberg PA, 1999, 270pp. The story of the 69th,
and 106th Pennsylvania
Infantry regiments, which were raised in and around Philadelphia, and many
of whose recruits were Irish, especially those of the 69th.
Posted in "The Angle" on Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg, the regiments of
the brigade also fought from Ball's Bluff to Petersburg.
|JONES, Paul: The
Irish Brigade, Robert
B. Luce, Inc., New York, 1969, 255pp. Recently reprinted. This
is a light account, with a lot of focus on General Meagher. Jones
is enthusiastic about his subject, sometimes maybe a bit too much
so, but it's a fun read with lots of human interest stories included.
Unfortunately, nothing is cited nor is there a bibliography. Not
really much use for genealogical purposes, but a good starting point for
family history stories.
|LYSY, Peter J.:
for the Union & Green for Ireland - The Civil War Flags of the 63rd
Regiment New York Volunteers, Irish Brigade, Archives
of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend IN, 2001, 60pp. This
booklet is a remarkable study on the flags used by the Sixty-third and,
by extension, the other New York regiments in Meagher's Irish Brigade.
Also has the story of how the Second Irish color (by Tiffany) has been
conserved at Notre Dame. (Note:
This title does not appear to have been put into distribution. New
copies are available from the publisher.)
MACNAMARA, Daniel George:
History of the Ninth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
Reprint of 1899 edition by Fordham Univ., New York, 2000, 543pp.
Includes introduction by Christian G. Samito. A outstanding study
of Boston's Irish Ninth by one of its surviving members. Complete
roster with individual service summaries in the appendix.
MACNAMARA, Michael H.: The
Irish Ninth in Bivouac and Battle; or, Virginia and Maryland Campaigns,
Lee and Shepard, Boston, 1867, 306pp. This is an earlier work on
the 9th Massachusetts written by D. Macnamara's
brother Michael, who also served in the 9th.
Less scholarly than David's later effort as many records were not available
at the time it was written, but more anecdotal. (out
of print (and rare))
MULHOLLAND, St. Clair A. (edited
by Lawrence Frederick Kohl): The Story of the 116th
Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion,
Univ., New York, 1996, 480pp. This is a new edition of the book first published
in 1903. Mulholland rose to command of the 116th
PA and was breveted Major General. This is his history of his regiment.
Appendix includes regimental roster.
MURPHY, T.L.: Kelly's
Heroes - the Irish Brigade at Gettysburg,
House, Gettysburg PA, 68pp. For a small booklet, this has a lot of
info on what the Brigade did at Gettysburg, with many first-person accounts.
Several b&w photos of the regimental flags and commanders. A
history of the Fr. Corby and the three regimental monuments (New York,
Massachusetts and Pennsylvania) is included.
MURRAY, Thomas Hamilton: History
of the Ninth Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, "The Irish Regiment,"
in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865.
Originally published by the Price, Lee & Adkins Co. of New Haven in
1903 and reprinted by Higginson Book Company (Salem, MA) in 1998, 446pp.
The 9th CVI was raised shortly after Fort
Sumter. Most of its service was in the Lower Mississippi Valley.
When it veteranized in 1864, it was reorganized as a battalion of 4 companies
and took part in Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley campaign. Published
by the regiment's veteran association, the volume includes detailed muster
list, rolls of dead, biographical sketches, and a list of known survivors
and their residence.
PRITCHARD, Russ A., Jr.: The
Irish Brigade - A Pictorial History of the Famed Civil War Fighters,
Courage Books, Philadelphia, 2004, 96pp. Oversized and with lots
of pictures - including most of Don Trionai's artwork of Irish Federals.
Includes some limited info on other Irish units.
SEAGRAVE, Pia Seija, editor:
History of the Irish Brigade - A Collection of Historical Essays,
Kirkland's Museum and Historical Society, Fredericksburg VA, 1997, 225pp.
Seven essays include biographies of Michael Corcoran and Richard Byrnes,
the 69th New York
State Militia at 1st
Bull Run, an overall history of the Brigade, the Wheatfield at Gettysburg,
weapons carried by the Brigade, and the Green Flags.
J.: The Irish Brigade, Steve
Wright Publishing, Springfield PA, 1992, 60pp. Summary history of
Meagher's Brigade in softcover. While not in-depth, it is very well
written and lavishly illustrated. Includes lists of general officers
of Irish birth (both North and South) and Irish-born recipients of the
Medal of Honor.
J. & HERDEGEN, Lance J. : An Irishman in the Iron Brigade - The
Civil War Memoirs of James P. Sullivan, Sergeant, 6th
Univ., New York, 1993, 189pp. Mainly a series of articles by "Mickey,
of Co. K" for the Milwaukee Telegraph, Sullivan wrote his recollections
beginning in 1883.
(edited by W. Springer Menge & J. August Shimrak): The Civil
War Notebook of Daniel Chisholm - A Chronicle of Daily Life in the Union
Army 1864-1865, Orion,
NY, 1989, 198pp. Although not Irish himself, Chisholm was a member
of Company K of the 116th
Pennsylvania, a regiment of the Irish Brigade. His diary covers the
period 25 Feb 1864 to 3 Jun 1865. Info on other members of the Company
is included in the Appendix.
|CORBY, Fr. William,
C.S.C. (edited by Lawrence Frederick Kohl): Memoirs of Chaplain Life
- Three Years with the Irish Brigade in the Army of the Potomac,
Univ., New York, 1992, 412pp. First published in 1893 by Notre Dame
University. Fr. Corby served as chaplain to the 88th
New York Infantry. He is best remembered for the general absolution
he gave at Gettysburg.
|DOOLEY, John E.
(edited by Rev. Joseph T. Durkin, S.J.): John Dooley, Confederate
Soldier - His War Journal, Georgetown
Univ., 1945, 244pp. Born in Richmond to Irish immigrant parents,
Dooley enlisted as a private in the 1st
Virginia Infantry and rose to become Captain before being wounded and captured
at Gettysburg. His very well-written journal covers the period from
August 1862 to May 1865. (out
GALWEY, Thomas Francis (edited
by Col. W. S. Nye): The Valiant Hours - An Irishman in the Civil
Harrisburg PA, 1961, 262pp. Galwey was only 15 when he enlisted as
a private in the 8th
Ohio Infantry. By muster out, he was a 1st
Lieutenant and had been breveted Captain. Born in London, England,
to Irish parents, his family The book is the diary he kept
during the war, from his enlistment in April 1861 to when the regiment
received orders home in June 1864. Interspersed through the text
are maps he had done himself. Included is a "what happened after
the war" reminiscence by the author's son. (out
GILDEA, James (compiled by
Julian Mohr & edited by Gary Piatt): A Magnificent Irishman from
Appalachia: The Letters of Lt. James Gildea, First Ohio Light Artillery,
Battery L, Little
Miami Pub., Milford OH, 2003, 114pp. After the war, Gildea's commander
requested several of his officers to provide input material for a proposed
unit history of the 1st
Ohio Light Artillery. Gildea sent him several letters, probably better
described as essays, giving his own story. Although pretty rough,
not exactly meant to be published as-is, this is still a very good account.
This title does not appear to have been put into distribution. New
copies are available from the publisher.)
GUINEY, Patrick R. (edited
by Christian G. Samito): Commanding Boston's Irish Ninth - The Civil
War Letters of Colonel Patrick R. Guiney, Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer
Univ., New York, 1998, 280pp. These are Col. Guiney's wartime letters,
sent home to his wife and daughter. Guiney rose to command of the 9th
MA, a predominately Irish regiment, which served in the Army of the Potomac.
Although not assigned to Meagher's Irish Brigade, he had a close relationship
with Gen. Meagher. He was one of the few Irish to actively support
the policies of the Lincoln Administration, including emancipation.
He survived the war, though severely wounded in the face shortly before
the 9th mustered out
of service. Samito does an excellent job placing the letters in context
and fleshing out Guiney's story.
(edited by Kevin E. O'Brien): My Life in the Irish Brigade - The
Civil War Memoirs of Private William McCarter, 116th
Savas Pub., Campbell CA, 1996, 257pp. This is a very
lively, well written account by an enlisted man of his military career.
McCarter was detailed to Gen. Meagher's staff and took part in the charge
on Marye's Heights in Dec 1862, where he was severely wounded.
O'BRIEN, John (edited by Brian
K. Robertson): Things Grew Beautifully Worse: The Wartime Experiences
of Captain John O'Brien, 30th
Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A.,
Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Little Rock, 2001, 69pp. A Westmeath
man, O'Brien kept a wartime diary which opens just prior to the battle
of Murfreesboro (Stones' River). He writes of going into action,
being wounded, and his hospital and POW experiences. The editor has
done an outstanding job providing biographical details, notes identifying
individuals mentioned in O'Brien's diary, and a roster of Company F of
the 30th Arkansas.
REGAN, Timothy J (edited by
David C. Newton & Kenneth J. Pluskat): The Lost Civil War Diaries:
The Diaries of Corporal Timothy J. Regan,
Trafford Publishing, Victoria BC, 2003, 341pp. An 1854
immigrant, Regan settled around Boston and was one of the first to enlist
in Company E of the 9th
Massachusetts Infantry (aka Boston's Irish Ninth). He served
with the regiment throughout its term of service and was faithful in keeping
his diary, even during a period as a POW. The diary begins 15 April
1861 and extends well beyond the war's end, with the last entry being 10
March 1876. (Note:
Some additional material not published with the book is located on the
RYAN, John (edited by Sandy
Barnard): Campaigning with the Irish Brigade: Pvt. John Ryan, 28th
Press, Terre Haute IN, 2001, 199pp. The son of Irish immigrants,
Ryan enlisted in Company C of the 28th
on 1 January 1862, when he was still only 16. These are his memoirs
of his Civil War service with the 28th,
as well as the 61st
Massachusetts which he later served with after recovering from wounds received
at Reams Station. Excellent commentary and biographical details by
|SHEERAN, Rev James B., C.SS.R.
(edited by Rev. Joseph T. Durkin, S.J.): Confederate Chaplain - A
War Journal, Bruce
Publishing Co., Milwaukee, 1960, 164pp. Fr. Sheeran, a native of
Co. Longford, served as Catholic chaplain to the 14th
LA Infantry in the Army of Northern Virginia. Beginning in August
1862, he began keeping a journal of his experiences during the rest of
the War. While most battle accounts were edited out, his tale is
still very lively and engrossing; besides serving with the 14th,
Fr. Sheeran went on a tour of South while on furlough, and later suffered
imprisonment by order of Phil Sheridan. (out
(editor): Brothers 'til Death - The Civil War Letters of William,
Thomas, and Maggie Jones, 1861-1865, Mercer
Univ., Macon GA, 2000, 173pp. Thomas and William, born in County
Down, enlisted in the 48th
New York Infantry. The book is a collection of over 100 letters written
to and from their sister Maggie, a school teacher in New Jersey, along
with others Maggie received from friends in the 48th.
WELSH, Peter (edited by Lawrence
Frederick Kohl and Margaret Cossé Richard): Irish Green &
Union Blue - The Civil War Letters of Peter Welsh,
Univ., New York, 1986, 170pp. Welsh, born in Canada of Irish parents,
was Color Sergeant of the 28th
Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. These are the surviving
letters he wrote, mainly to his wife, from 14 September 1862 to 15 May
1864. Welsh died 13 days later due to pyemia resulting from being
wounded in the left arm at the Battle of Spotsylvania VA.
A.: The Beau Ideal of a Soldier and a Gentleman - The Life of Colonel
Patrick Henry O'Rorke from Ireland to Gettysburg,
Publishing, Wheatland NY, 1996, 196pp. Born in County Cavan in 1836,
O'Rorke's family emigrated to the US a year later and settled in Rochester
NY. O'Rorke secured an appointment to West Point, graduating first
in his class in June 1861. After serving in several posts as an engineer
and staff officer, he was commissioned colonel of the 140th
New York Infantry. He was killed at Little Round Top, Gettysburg,
on 2 July 1863.
CALLAN, J. P. Sean:
and Country: James Shields - More than Irish Luck.
Publishing, Libertyville IL, 2004, 294pp. Lawyer, politician, judge,
soldier, Tyrone native James Shields came very close to fighting a duel
with Abraham Lincoln in 1842, served in the Mexican War, and during the
Civil War was the only Union general to drive Stonewall Jackson from the
of Gen. Thomas Francis Meagher. First
published in 1892 and in reprint since. Despite how the title sounds,
this is how Cavanagh remembers the General, not Meagher's autobiography.
Exile in Erin - A Confederate Chaplain's Story: The
Life of Father John B. Bannon, Missouri
Historical Society, St. Louis, 2002, 239pp. Fr. Bannon served as
chaplain in the First Missouri Brigade and later performed diplomatic duties
in Europe, including as a secret agent in Ireland and envoy to the Vatican.
Includes a short chapter on Catholic chaplains during the ACW in general.
GLEESON, Ed: Erin Go
Gray! A Trilogy of Irish Rebels,
Press, Zionsville IN, 1998, 150pp. Essays on
General Joseph Finnegan of Florida, Father Joseph Ryan (poet laureate of
the Confederacy), and Randall McGavock of the 10th
HANCHETT, William: IRISH
/ Charles G. Halpine in Civil War America,
Press, Syracuse NY, 1970, 208pp.
Poet, author, newspaperman, satirist, humorist, politician, reformer and
soldier, Halpine was born in Co Meath in 1829 and emigratedto the US in
1850. Perhaps better known by his pen name Pvt. Miles O'Reilly, most
of his military service was on General David Hunter's staff. (out
PURDUE, Howell and Elizabeth:
Cleburne - Confederate General. First
published by Portals Press, Tuscaloosa AL in 1973, revised in 1977 and
since in reprint, 372pp. Irish-born Cleburne of Arkansas rose to
division command in Hardee's Corps, Army of Tennessee and is justly referred
to as the "Stonewall of the West."
|SPINK, Barry L.:
Cavan to Cold Harbor - The Life of Colonel Richard Byrnes,
Brigade Association, Fort Schuyley, Throggs Neck NY, 1994, 56pp.
Emigrating to the US in 1845 when he was 12 years old, Byrnes enlisted
for 5 years in the 1st
US Dragoons. A year after his discharge, he enlisted again, this
time in the 1st US
Cavalry. When the Civil War began, he received an officer's commission
in the 5th US Cavalry.
In September 1862, he took command of the 28th
Massachusetts Infantry, which soon after was assigned to Meagher's Irish
Brigade. He was mortally wounded at Cold Harbor VA on 3 June 1864,
passing away on the 12th.
Along with the thoroughly researched biography, information on his wife
and descendants is included. (out
TUCKER, Phillip Thomas: The
Confederacy's Fighting Chaplain - Father John B. Bannon,
of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1992, 247pp. As opposed to Fr. Faherty's
biography of Fr. Bannon, this concentrates more on his wartime service.
New York City Draft Riots - Their Significance for American Society and
Politics in the Age of the Civil War, Oxford
Univ., New York, 1990, 347pp. In July 1863, the beginning of conscription
in the North triggered a riot in New York that lasted five days and left
at least 105 dead. Unfortunately, many if not most of the rioters
were Irish. Bernstein argues the cause of the riot went much deeper
than just the draft.
GALLMAN, J. Matthew: Mastering
Wartime - A Social History of Philadelphia During the Civil War,
of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2000 (first published by Cambridge Univ.
in 1990), 354pp. The City of Brotherly Love was home to a large Irish
population. Although this volume studies the city as a whole rather
than just the Irish experience, it provides an insight by extension.
GLEESON, David T.: The
Irish in the South, 1815-1877,
of Norh Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2001, 278pp. An in-depth look at the
Irish immigrants who settled in the Southern states from the end of the
Napoleanic Wars in Europe to the end of Reconstruction. Emphasis
is on social history rather than military - only about 30 pages are devoted
specifically to the war itself.
HERNON, Joseph M., Jr.: Celts,
Catholics & Copperheads: Ireland Views the American Civil War,
State University Press, Columbus, 1968, 124pp plus biblio & index.
An excellent study on how the Irish back home in Ireland viewed the war
from various perspectives (Fenian, Unionist, etc.) and at various times,
and why. (out
|MAHER, Sr. Mary
Denis: To Bind Up the Wounds - Catholic Sister Nurses in the US Civil
State Univ., Baton Rouge, 1999 (first published by Greenwood in 1989),
178pp. Of at least 617 Sisters who served as nurses during the war,
320 were Irish born or of Irish descent. If you are researching someone
who was a Sister during this period, this book is a gem. Bibliography includes
a wealth of resources for further research.
OAKES, Sr. Mary Paulinus,
R.S.M. (editor): Angels of Mercy - An Eyewitness Account of Civil
War and Yellow Fever, Cathedral
Foundation Press, Baltimore, 1998, 114pp. Concentrates on the activities
of the Sisters of Mercy in Vicksburg during and after the war, and provides
biographical detail for several of the individual Sisters.
O'CONNOR, Thomas H.: The
Boston Irish - A Political History, Back
Bay Books, Boston, 1995, 363pp; Civil
War Boston - Homefront & Battlefield,
Univ., Boston, 1997, 313pp; Boston
Catholics - A History of the Church and Its People,
Univ., Boston, 1998, 357pp. Taken together as a set, O'Connor has
painted an excellent picture of the Irish experience in Boston and more.
The first and third titles cover the period from Boston's early days up
to the modern era, not just the mid 19th century. While it's true
that Irish does not equal Catholic, the fact is the Catholic Church provided
the main leadership for the Irish community for some time - particularly
early on - and the Church in America was in turn led mainly by the Irish.
War Boston, as the title implies, does not study just the Irish,
but Boston Yankees (businessmen in particular), blacks, and women as well.
Of course, overlap in subject matter occurs between the titles, and I even
noticed some passages are copy and paste jobs between books, but I think
all three books are worth reading. A word of caution: O'Connor is
a social historian rather than a military one, and his battle and campaign
accounts in Civil War Boston aren't very accurate.
in Sight and Sound:
GAELIC PRODUCTIONS: The
Irish Brigade in the American Civil War, VHS,
TMW Media Group, 1998, 30 minutes, viewer guide included. While this
has all the right ingredients - an interesting subject, period photos and
modern artwork, historian Brian Pohanka giving a tour of the Sunken Road
area at Fredericksburg - and really tries, to be perfectly honest the production
never quite manages to pull itself together. Only part of the history
of the Brigade is covered: no mention of the Peninsular Campaign at all,
and nothing at all about what happened to it after Meagher left.
GALLANT SONS OF ERIN: No
Irish Need Apply, CD,
Gallant Sons Music, 2003. The Gallant Sons are a group of musicians
associated with Company K, 28th Massachusetts
Infantry (recreated). The selection of 14 songs from the mid 19th
covers much of the Irish experience of the time - immigrant, laborer, military
service - and is very nicely done. 40 page insert with lyrics and
historical background. Additional historical notes at the 28th
Irish Soldiers, VHS,
Greystone, 2000, 60 minutes. Part of Greystone's
The Unknown Civil
War series and narrated by Kevin Conway (Buster Kilrain of Gettysburg),
this production is very good, both from a historical viewpoint and quality-wise.
Units both North and South are depicted, with a battery of historians to
KINCAID, David: The
Irish Volunteer - Songs of the Irish Union Soldier 1861-1865,
Haunted Field Music, 1995. A collection of 12 songs, only one of
which is a modern composition, the rest being written during the Civil
War period. Lyrics and historical info included with insert.
KINCAID, David: The
Irish-American Song - Songs of the Union and Confederate Irish Soldiers,
Haunted Field Music, 2003. 12 more songs on this CD, 6 for Yanks,
6 for Rebs. Lyrics and historical info (by Joseph Bilby) included
with 36 page insert.
WARFIELD, Derek: Sons
of Erin - Irish Songs, Ballads & Music of the American Civil War,
Cill Dara Music, 2000. Warfield (of the Wolfe Tones) compiled this
CD of 20 songs and poems, mostly from the Civil war period. Insert
has lyrics and historical background.
WARFIELD, Derek: Clear
the Way - Irish Songs, Ballads & Music of the American Civil War (Vol
Kells Music, 2002. 20 more songs to add to the Irish in the ACW repertoire.
Again, lyrics and background info included.
some overlap of selections between Gallant Sons, Kincaid and Warfield,
but their arrangements and the melodies the lyrics are set to often
Where to Locate This Stuff:
I'm not a front for Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or anyone else for
that matter, although many of the titles I've listed can be obtained there.
off, as far as books go, try your local library. If they don't have
the book you need, don't hesitate to ask your librarian about inter-library
loan. But if you wish to obtain a copy of your own, there's lots
of sources. The ones listed here specialize in Civil War books; I
myself or other list members have used them and can recommend them personally
for honesty and outstanding service.
Publishing Co., 1907 Buena Vista Circle, Wilmington NC 28411 - Tom
B. offers a whole lot more than just the high-ticket sets shown on his
web site, and he has lots of out-of-print books; if you're looking for
something in particular, drop him an email. He also has a soldier
research service which costs only a few dollars more than NARA and the
turn around is a few weeks rather than several months.
Books, 260 Oak St., Dayton OH 45410 - Gotta
confess, this is my favorite source; I've been buying books from Bob &
Mary Younger since the early 70s and there's absolutely no one in
the market who beats their service or quality in what they publish.
On-line catalog has search or browse capabilities.
Hill Books, 12725 Bethany Rd., Alpharetta GA 30004-1080 - "The
BookGuy" specializes in Irish and Civil War subjects. If it's about
Irish in the ACW and in print, chances are very good he has it.
Hall, PO Box 2069, Beach Haven NJ 08008 - Not
really too much in way of books, but carries lots of Fightin' 69th and
Irish Brigade thingies and is a good source for music CDs.
Maine Civil War Store, 49th West St., Freeport ME 04032 - Pat
& Ron Hodgdon have a great selection of books and other items.
I've been very pleased with them.
Locating Union & Confederate Records is
more likely to be found at a genealogy book seller rather than a seller
of ACW books. It is definitely available from the publisher, HeritageQuest,
PO Box 540670, North Salt Lake UT 84054 .
copies of Guide
to Federal Archives Relating to the Civil War and
to the Archives of the Government of the Confederate States of America
are available through the National
Archives Trust Fund, NWCC2, P.O. Box 100793, Atlanta GA 30384-0793