#OTD in 1863 – The Irish Brigade at Gettysburg – Pickett’s Charge, Day 3 | Pickett’s Charge had begun and the 69th Pennsylvania would suffer dreadful losses.

On 3 July 1863, as the Confederates of George Pickett’s Division closed on the stone wall near the top of Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg, they saw a green flag rising up from behind it surrounded by 200 men in blue springing to their feet to open fire on the charging Confederates.  The green battle flag […]

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#OTD in 1863 – More than six hundred men of the Irish Brigade fight at Gettysburg, losing one-third of their number in The Wheatfield.

The Irish Brigade suffered severe losses during the Civil War, initially starting with over 2,500 volunteers. The Brigade distinguished itself in numerous conflicts including Chancellorsville, Fair Oaks and Fredericksburg. “After a long and fatiguing march, we arrived on the evening of the 1st instant within about 3 miles of Gettysburg,” wrote Major Sergeant Clair Mulholland […]

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