Irish Americans fought with distinction on both sides of the American Civil War. On the Union side the Irish Brigade was made up of regiments recruited from cities with large Irish populations such as New York and Boston. Several Infantry Regiments rotated throughout the Brigade during the war, most notably the 63rd, 69th (the Fighting 69th), and 88th New York, and the 28th Massachusetts.
The Regimental motto was Riamh nar dhruid ó spairn lann in the “Old Irish”, which is loosely translated as We will never flee from the clashing of blades.
Standard of the 1st Infantry Regiment (69th New York)
The "Fighting 69th" at the Battle of Fredricksburg
Standard of the 4th Infantry Regiment
Color Sergeant, 28th Massachusetts
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