Author Discusses Role of Irish in the Civil War During Lunch With Books in Wheeling

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Author Discusses Role of Irish in the Civil War During Lunch With Books in Wheeling
Author Scott Mingus is sharing accounts of Irish-born soldiers who served in the Civil War, including time spent in Wheeling and western Virginia.

Ironically, the first man to die in the Civil War and the last general to perish in the conflict were Irish, he said. After the attack on Fort Sumter, Pvt. Daniel Hough, a native of Tipperary, was killed instantly when celebratory cannon fire exploded prematurely. Union Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Smyth, a County Cork native who was wounded at High Bridge, Virginia, died on the day when Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox.

Irishmen were pitted against each other, for the first time on a major scale, in December 1862 when Confederate Brig. Gen. Thomas Cobb’s Brigade from Georgia battled Meagher’s Irish Brigade from New York City and Philadelphia. “The Irish liked to fight the British, and they liked to fight each other,” Mingus quipped.

Meanwhile, he said 43 Roman Catholic priests, including 25 with Irish units, served as chaplains during the Civil War. The Revs. Peter Paul Cooney and William Corby later became chaplains at the University of Notre Dame. Identical statues of Corby stand at Gettysburg and at Notre Dame, where he is known as “First Down Corby.”


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Author Discusses Role of Irish in the Civil War During Lunch With Books in Wheeling
Author Scott Mingus is sharing accounts of Irish-born soldiers who served in the Civil War, including time spent in Wheeling and western Virginia.

Ironically, the first man to die in the Civil War and the last general to perish in the conflict were Irish, he said. After the attack on Fort Sumter, Pvt. Daniel Hough, a native of Tipperary, was killed instantly when celebratory cannon fire exploded prematurely. Union Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Smyth, a County Cork native who was wounded at High Bridge, Virginia, died on the day when Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox.

Irishmen were pitted against each other, for the first time on a major scale, in December 1862 when Confederate Brig. Gen. Thomas Cobb’s Brigade from Georgia battled Meagher’s Irish Brigade from New York City and Philadelphia. “The Irish liked to fight the British, and they liked to fight each other,” Mingus quipped.

Meanwhile, he said 43 Roman Catholic priests, including 25 with Irish units, served as chaplains during the Civil War. The Revs. Peter Paul Cooney and William Corby later became chaplains at the University of Notre Dame. Identical statues of Corby stand at Gettysburg and at Notre Dame, where he is known as “First Down Corby.”

Full article with pics can be found here - http://www.theintelligencer.net/new...ivil-war-during-lunch-with-books-in-wheeling/

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