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By Patrick R. Guiney

Christian Samito writes in his advent: In interpreting Guiney's phrases, you possibly can have a fuller appreciation of what encouraged civilians to volunteer to struggle a conflict and of the privations they suffered in carrier to their country.These are the accumulated Civil warfare letters of Patrick Robert Guiney, an Irish immigrant from state Tipperary who relocated to Boston, Massachusetts. whilst the Civil struggle broke out, Guiney volunteered to safeguard the Union and, fast rose from First Lieutenant to Colonel, to command the 9th Massachusetts regiment. A fervent supporter of Lincoln and passionately against slavery, Guiney felt that, in his carrier to his new kingdom, he used to be doing his half to realize freedom for the slaves. Being politically outspoken, Guiney was once usually criticized for his perspectives via different Irish-Americans. His letters display not just the stories and strategies of an Irish Catholic soldier, but in addition the hidden tensions inside his immigrant group. His perspectives and observations not just light up his own independence of concept, but additionally the political panorama which he attempted to enhance.

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5. )HistoryCivil War, 1861-1865. 6. Irish AmericansMassachusettsBoston Correspondence. I. Samito, Christian G. II. Title. III. Series. 7'444dc21 CIP Printed in the United States of America Page v Contents Series Editor's Preface vii Preface ix Prologue: The Drums of War xi 1861: ". . " 1 1862: "We are now engaged in war. " 61 1863: ". . " 159 1864: "God gave me an opportunity . . " 237 Epilogue: The Good Knight of Boston 249 Works Cited 265 Index Page vii Series Editor's Preface It would be easy to stereotype the Irish experience in the Civil War.

He continued with his speech, stating that he once felt proud to be a Democrat but could not support them under traitorous leaders. Guiney also remarked that Stephen Douglas, so popular among Irish-Americans 59 Timothy J. Regan diary, January 28, 1862. Hereafter cited as Regan diary. William L. Burton, Melting Pot Soldiers: The Union's Ethnic Regiments (Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1988), pp. 131-35. An example of this meddling came during the formation of the second Massachusetts Irish regiment.

Samito, Christian G. II. Title. III. Series. 7'444dc21 CIP Printed in the United States of America Page v Contents Series Editor's Preface vii Preface ix Prologue: The Drums of War xi 1861: ". . " 1 1862: "We are now engaged in war. " 61 1863: ". . " 159 1864: "God gave me an opportunity . . " 237 Epilogue: The Good Knight of Boston 249 Works Cited 265 Index Page vii Series Editor's Preface It would be easy to stereotype the Irish experience in the Civil War. Most Irish-Americans in 1861 were poor, uneducated, urban-dwelling Catholics who had recently fled the horrors of famine Ireland.

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