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Historical Sketch
of the 88th
BY CAPT. W. L. D. O'GRADY
Captain in the Eighty-eighth New York, and previously second lieutenant Royal Marines (Light Infantry), British army.

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.

The Eighty-eighth New York Volunteers of Meagher's Irish Brigade, sometimes styled the " Connaught Rangers " (from the British Regiment of Foot holding that number), the " Faugh a Ballaghs," the " Fourth Irish," which long appeared on the guidons, and " Mrs. Meagher's Own," was raised in the fall of 1861 by Brig. Gen. Thomas Francis Meagher, and rendezvoused at Fort Schuyler, on Long Island Sound. Their colors were presented to them on November 18th by Mrs. Meagher, in front of the Archiepiscopal Palace on Madison Avenue, and late in December the regiment went to the front The winter was spent in Camp California, near Alexandria, Va., with plenty of drill, picket duty and fun.

 

New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: March 28, 2006
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