In the report penned on this date, Brigadier General Thomas Frances Meagher wrote about the day after the terrible battle.
“Two hundred and eighty men only appeared under arms to represent the Irish Brigade. This little band, unswerved and undeterred, still full of heart, inspired by a bright sense of duty, sorrowful for their comrades, but prouder and still more emboldened that such men had fallen bravely as they did, awaited the word that was once again to precipitate them against the batteries and defenses of the enemy.”
Over twelve hundred men of the Irish Brigade started that battle.
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