Irish Examiner Feature: Remembering the Irish Lost at Gettysburg

Lois Farley Shuford:

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.

Originally posted on Irish in the American Civil War:

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. As I have said before, I find the official apathy with which we seem to regard the Irish role in this conflict at odds with the consistent promotion of ‘The Gathering‘, aimed at welcoming the diaspora home to Ireland. I strongly believe that more than simply inviting the diaspora home we have an obligation to embrace our diaspora’s history and acknowledge that it is a central part…

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