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Shades of Green: Irish Regiments, American Soldiers, and Local Communities in the Civil War Era

Ryan W. Keating


This book is a study of soldiers who served in Irish regiments during the American Civil War and the communities that supported them. Tracing the organization and service of self-proclaimed Irish units from Connecticut, Illinois, and Wisconsin, this study transitions the historical debate away from the motivations and sentiment of “Irish America”—a national cohesive entity with similar experiences and attitudes—and towards “Irish Americas,” men and women connected to both local as well as national communities. Such an approach allows us to better understand how adopted citizens, their comrades ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Connecticut, Illinois, immigration, Irish, Irish American soldiers, veterans, Wisconsin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823276592
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823276592.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan W. Keating, author
California State University, San Bernardino