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Irish Brigade

 
 
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By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
1. Irish Brigade Marker
Inscription.
2nd Brigade, 1st Div., II Corps
Army of the Potomac
While posted here in the early morning of Dec. 13, 1862, the men of the Irish Brigade placed sprigs of boxwood in their caps in honor of their Irish heritage. Later in the day, they took part in the futile assaults against confederate positions on Marye's Heights. After the battle, the Union dead closest to the Confederate positions wore sprigs of boxwood in their caps.

                  Killed    Wounded    Missing
69th NY        10           95             23
88th NY        17           97             13
63rd NY          2           38               4
28th MA        14         124             28
116th PA         7           67             14

To the sons of Erin
who put God, country, and duty before self,
we must never forget
the sacrifices they made for our freedom.
Erin go braugh.

 
Location. 38° 17.832′ N, 77° 27.249′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on Sophia Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Middle Passage (within
Irish Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
2. Irish Brigade Marker
shouting distance of this marker); The Slave Ship Othello (within shouting distance of this marker); No Outlet (within shouting distance of this marker); Fredericksburg City Dock (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fredericksburg City Dock (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Fredericksburg City Dock (about 300 feet away); Rocky Lane (about 400 feet away); George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. 'Undaunted Courage': The Irish at Fredericksburg. A three part series on the Irish Brigade, by Joseph E. Gannon and published on The Wild Geese Today webpage. In 1862, the second year of America's Civil War, Meagher's Irish Brigade made two of the most gallant charges in American history, crashing bloodily against a Confederate strongpoint at Antietam's "Bloody Lane" and, 87 days later, attacking Confederates, many Irish, behind Fredericksburg's "Stone Wall." (Submitted on February 2, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Irish Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 18, 2008
3. Irish Brigade Marker
 

2. 'A Half-Murderous Look In Their Eyes' - The Irish Brigade at Marye's Heights. An article by Carl Smith, published in 2004 by Osprey Publishing Limited. "Confederate General D.H. Hill recognized the Irish Brigade advancing: 'There are those damned green flags again,' he muttered." (Submitted on February 2, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
69th New York (Irish Brigade) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
4. 69th New York (Irish Brigade) Marker
88th New York (Irish Brigade) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
5. 88th New York (Irish Brigade) Marker
63rd New York (Irish Brigade) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
6. 63rd New York (Irish Brigade) Marker
28th Massachusetts (Irish Brigade) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
7. 28th Massachusetts (Irish Brigade) Marker
116th Pennsylvania (Irish Brigade) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
8. 116th Pennsylvania (Irish Brigade) Marker
Irish Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
9. Irish Brigade Marker
An AMTRAK train is crossing the railroad bridge in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,783 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 2, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3. submitted on July 25, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on February 2, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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