Harp and the Eagle by Susannah J. Ural
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Harp and the Eagle
By Susannah J. Ural

The Harp and the Eagle

Irish-American Volunteers and the Union Army, 1861-1865

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Harp and the Eagle by Susannah J. Ural

Book Description

On the eve of the Civil War, the Irish were one of America's largest ethnic groups, and approximately 150,000 fought for the Union. Analyzing letters and diaries written by soldiers and civilians; military, church, and diplomatic records; and community newspapers, Susannah Ural Bruce significantly expands the story of Irish-American Catholics in the Civil War, and reveals a complex picture of those who fought for the Union. While the population was diverse, many Irish Americans had dual loyalties to the U.S. and Ireland, which influenced their decisions to volunteer, fight, or end their military service. When the Union cause supported their interests in Ireland and America, large numbers of Irish Americans enlisted. However, as the war progressed, the Emancipation Proclamation, federal draft, and sharp rise in casualties caused Irish Americans to question-and sometimes abandon-the war effort because they viewed such changes as detrimental to their families and futures in America and Ireland. By recognizing these competing and often fluid loyalties, The Harp and the Eagle sheds new light on the relationship between Irish-American volunteers and the Union Army, and how the Irish made sense of both the Civil War and their loyalty to the United States.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780814799406
ISBN-10: 081479940X
Format: Paperback
(5830mm x 3895mm x 20mm)
Pages: 323
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Civil War Citizens by Susannah J. Ural Civil War Citizens, Paperback (November 2010)

The first effort to gather together into one book the wartime experiences of the populations who lived outside the dominant white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant citizenry of nineteenth-century America

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Author Biography - Susannah J. Ural

Susannah J. Ural is Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi and a Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of War and Society. She is the author of The Harp and the Eagle: Irish-American Volunteers and the Union Army, 1861-1865 (NYU Press, 2006).

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