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Historical Sketch
of the Irish Brigade
63rd, 69th, 88th Infantry
by Gen. Robert Nugent

History
Taken from Final Report on the Battlefield of Gettysburg (New York at Gettysburg) by the New York Monuments Commission for the Battlefields of Gettysburg and Chattanooga. Albany, NY: J.B. Lyon Company, 1902.

Some thirty-four years ago the first regiment of an Irish Brigade took its departure from our Metropolis on its way to the National Capitol to engage in a conflict on the very threshold of a great internecine war that was to determine the destinies of this Republic. Arriving at Washington on the morning of the 20th of November, 1861, we pitched our tents just outside the confines of the city, encamping on a beautiful knoll christened " Camp Corcoran " in honor of that distinguished soldier, Michael Corcoran, then a prisoner in Libby Prison. The organization of the Sixty-ninth New York Volunteers, the first regiment of the brigade, had its full compliment of officers, numbering thirty-eight with rank and file of 1,000 men, the best the Irish brawn could furnish, and eager for the fray.

"April 7, 1865. " GENERAL,— " The result of the last week must convince you of the hopelessness of further resistance on the part of the Army of Northern Virginia in this struggle. I feel that it is so, and regard it as my duty to shift from myself the responsibility of any further effusion of blood, by asking of you the surrender of that portion of the Confederate States Army, known as the Army of Northern Virginia. "U. S. GRANT, " Lieut. General. " GENERAL R. E. LEE."

 

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