rinuccini wrote:Approx: 150,000 Irish fought on the side of the Union with about 40,000 on the side of the Confederacy. The Irish contribution to this war was actually greater than either of the two world wars, so definatly counts as a major 'Irish' war. Companies, regiments and one entire union brigade were composed of Irish immigrants. Famous units such as the Irish brigade, Louisiana Tigers and Collin's Zouaves were totally, or almost totally Irish.
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Our group portray Irish soldiers and civilians and have a major event every year at the American Folk Park in Omagh. This year we are joined by French, German and English re-enactors and will be recreating the Wilderness campaign of 1864 in Northern Virginia.
Those numbers actually sound low for the North. I have heard of a quote supposedly said at Lee's surrender from one Southern General that "the reason you won is you had more Irish". Not sure if it is an actual quote or fabrication though, I have never researched it to any extent.
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