A Private in the Irish Brigade at the Stone Wall at Fredericksburg

Pat Young

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Private William McCarter was an immigrant in the famous Irish Brigade. He and his comrades would make a heroic and futile charge against the Confederates secure behind the Stone Wall at the Battle of Fredericksburg. McCarter was hit during the charge, but not killed. This is his story of survival on the battlefield after the last Union attack had failed but the killing went on as wounded Union soldiers trapped between the lines were slowly exterminated.

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Thanks for posting that Pat. Good read. I find Union accounts of Fredericksburg very difficult to read. I try to put myself in their shoes but it's just not possible to do as I read, sitting in my recliner drinking coffee.
 
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True definition of insanity. Seeing your comrades being brought back basically slaughtered and knowing you are next. I find the use of sharpshooters to be extremely callous in killing wounded men already out of action. The fact that they were wounded was a plus in that it was going to occupy able bodied men to transport and tend to them.
 

Pat Young

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Pat Young

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Thanks for posting that Pat. Good read. I find Union accounts of Fredericksburg very difficult to read. I try to put myself in their shoes but it's just not possible to do as I read, sitting in my recliner drinking coffee.
Thanks. Unimaginable.
 

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Pat as always well written and researched! Unimaginable horrors Private McCarter underwent and yet it was the norm for the wounded of both sides!
It is good that we are reminded about the courage and sacrifice of those willing to serve their nation in battle lest we forget or more distressingly take it for granted.
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David
 
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