As many regular readers of the site will know I have been campaigning for some time (along with colleagues) to see greater recognition in Ireland of the cost of the American Civil War to the Irish community. It was the second biggest conflict in terms of numbers in which Irishmen served in uniform, yet we have no memorial. Despite repeated efforts the State has failed to take any steps to acknowledge the 150th anniversary of this important event in Irish history.
I seldom reblog posts, but wanted to share this one - from "Irish in the American Civil War" an excellent blog by archeologist Damien Shiels. Today is the 150th anniversary of the third and final day of the battle of Gettysburg.