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Excommunicated From the UnionHow the Civil War Created a Separate Catholic America$
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William B. Kurtz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267538

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267538.001.0001

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Catholic Soldiers in the Union Army

Catholic Soldiers in the Union Army

(p.52) 3 Catholic Soldiers in the Union Army
Excommunicated From the Union

William B. Kurtz

Fordham University Press

Although most Catholics served in local units that were religiously diverse, many Irish Catholics did segregate themselves into distinctively Irish units such as the Irish Brigade. Catholic editors and civilians at home gloried in the brave exploits of the brigade and famous generals such as Thomas Meagher and William S. Rosecrans. Many civilians believed their example would finally eradicate anti-Catholic nativism once and for all. Catholic soldiers themselves served primarily for other motivations, including economic ones, a desire to save the Union, or a desire to gain military training in order to liberate Ireland after the war. The war took a heavy toll on Catholic soldiers and their families, leading many to question whether winning the war was worth the sacrifice.

Keywords:   Catholic, Irish Catholic, Thomas Meagher, nativism, William S. Rosecrans, soldiers, Union

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