The green and the gray : the Irish in the Confederate States of America / David T. Gleeson.
Publication year: 2013.
Call Number E585.I75 G56 2013
Media class: Book
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469607566 1469607565 9781469627243 1469627248
Series title: Civil War America
Additional information: xiii, 307 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Why did many Irish Americans, who did not have a direct connection to slavery, choose to fight for the Confederacy? This perplexing question is at the heart of David T. Gleeson's analysis of the Irish in the Confederate States of America. The author considers the role of Irish southerners in the debates over secession and the formation of the Confederacy, their experiences as soldiers, the effects of Confederate defeat for them and their emerging ethnic identity, and their role in the rise of Lost Cause ideology. Focusing on the experience of Irish southerners in the years leading up to and following the Civil War, as well as on the Irish in the Confederate army and on the southern home front, Gleeson argues that the conflict and its aftermath were crucial to the integration of Irish Americans into the South. Throughout the book, Gleeson draws comparisons to the Irish on the Union side and to southern natives, expanding his analysis to engage the growing literature on Irish and American identity in the nineteenth-century United States. -- Publisher's description.
Introduction: the fighting Irish -- Reluctant secessionists: the Irish, southern politics, and the birth of the Confederacy -- Irish rebels, southern rebels: the Irish join the Confederate Army -- Faugh a ballagh! (clear the way!): the Irish in the Confederate Army -- Hard times: the Irish on the home front -- For God, Erin, and Carolina: Irish Catholics in the Confederacy -- Another "lost cause": the Irish after the Confederacy -- Conclusion: ambiguous Confederates.
- Confederate States of America. Army -- History.
- Immigrants -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
- Irish American soldiers -- Confederate States of America -- History.
- Irish Americans -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
- Irish Americans -- Southern States -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
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