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

Ryan W. Keating
Format
Book
Published
New York : Fordham University Press, 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Series
The North's Civil War
North's Civil War
ISBN
9780823276592, 0823276597, 9780823276608, 0823276600
Summary
"Drawing on records of about 5,500 soldiers and veterans, Shades of Green traces the organization of Irish regiments from the perspective of local communities in Connecticut, Illinois, and Wisconsin and the relationships between soldiers and the home front. Research on the impact of the Civil War on Irish Americans has traditionally fallen into one of two tracks, arguing that the Civil War either further alienated Irish immigrants from American society or that military service in defense of the Union offered these men a means of assimilation. In this study of Irish American service, Ryan W. Keating argues that neither paradigm really holds, because many Irish Americans during this time already considered themselves to be assimilated members of American society. This comprehensive study argues that the local community was often more important to ethnic soldiers than the imagined ethnic community, especially in terms of political, social, and economic relationships. An analysis of the Civil War era from this perspective provides a much clearer understanding of immigrant place and identity during the nineteenth century"--
Contents
  • Illinois and Mulligan's Irish brigade
  • An Irish regiment in the nutmeg state
  • The formation of the 17th Wisconsin
  • Ethnicity and combat
  • Disorder and discipline
  • Connecticut, Illinois and Wisconsin react to the New York City draft riots
  • Patriotism and sacrifice on the home front
  • Wounded warriors, public wards: the consequences of military service.
Description
312 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-304) and index.
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