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The Green and the GrayThe Irish in the Confederate States of America$
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David T. Gleeson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469607566

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469607573_Gleeson

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Conclusion Ambiguous Confederates

Conclusion Ambiguous Confederates

(p.221) Conclusion Ambiguous Confederates
The Green and the Gray

David T. Gleeson

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the ambiguity of the Irish experience of the Confederacy. They had been reluctant secessionists, yet rallied in large numbers to the Confederacy when war began. Those who joined the armed forces were, in general, good fighters, but also more likely to desert than native Confederates. Irish civilians supported their “boys” in the service, but most tired of the Confederate cause as conditions worsened on the home front. While Irish Confederates did not have a major impact on the overall war effort, they reflected the problematic internal issues, military and domestic, of the Confederacy as whole.

Keywords:   Irish Americans, Irish Confederates, Irish soldiers, Confederacy

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