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The Green and the Gray: The Irish in the Confederate States of America

David T. Gleeson

Abstract

Why did many Irish Americans, who did not have a direct connection to slavery, choose to fight for the Confederacy? This perplexing question is at the heart of this sweeping analysis of the Irish in the Confederate States of America. Taking a broad view of the subject, it considers the role of Irish southerners in the debates over secession and the formation of the Confederacy, their experiences as soldiers, the effects of Confederate defeat for them and their emerging ethnic identity, and their role in the rise of Lost Cause ideology. Focusing on the experience of Irish southerners in the yea ... More

Keywords: Irish Americans, slavery, Confederacy, Confederate States, Irish southerners, secession, soldiers, ethnic identity, Civil War, Confederate army

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781469607566
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9781469607573_Gleeson

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David T. Gleeson, author