A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot - Comment - Voices - The Independent
will soon be the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War?
the American Civil War?
start of the Great War of 1914-18 has been commemorated to the point of
spiritualism these past 12 months, who remembers that this week we enter the
150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War?
uniform in the First World War, and that 49,300 were killed. Yet almost as many
Irishmen fought in the American Civil War – 200,000 in all, 180,000 in the
Union army, 20,000 for the Confederates.
26,000 men – and the total Irish dead of the American conflict came to at least
30,000. Many of the Irish fatalities were from Famine families who had fled the
desperate poverty of their homes in what was then the United Kingdom, only to
die at Antietam and Gettysburg.
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