The Harp and the Eagle
Irish-American Volunteers and the Union Army, 1861-1865
By (author) Susannah J. Ural
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Harp and the Eagle by Susannah J. Ural
Book DescriptionOn 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 DetailsISBN: 9780814799406
(5830mm x 3895mm x 20mm)
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Susannah J. Ural
Don't Hurry Me Down to Hades: Soldiers and Families in America's Civil War, Paperback (November 2015)
Revealing the innermost thoughts of both famous citizens and men and women forgotten by history, this book explores life on the battlefield and the home front, capturing the astonishing perseverance of the men and women caught up in this most brutal of conflicts.
Don't Hurry Me Down to Hades, Hardback (November 2011)
Revealing the innermost thoughts of both famous citizens and men and women forgotten by history, this title explores life on the battlefield and the home front, capturing the astonishing perseverance of the men and women caught up in this most brutal of conflicts.
Civil War Citizens, Paperback (November 2010)» View all books by Susannah J. Ural
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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