Corporal's Kitchen As St. Patrick's Day draws near, a fine meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage should be planned. Though Corned Beef and Cabbage is not a traditional meal in Ireland, it IS a traditional St. Patrick's Day meal of the American-Irish, here's why: During the Great Potato Famine (between 1845-1852), the Irish that had emigrated to America began making more money then they had in Ireland under British rule. With more money for food, the Irish could better afford meat. But instead of their beloved bacon, the Irish began eating beef. And, the beef they could afford just happened to be corned beef, the thing their great grandparents were famous for. Yet, the corned beef the Irish immigrants ate was much different than that produced in Ireland 200 years prior. The Irish immigrants almost exclusively bought their meat from kosher butchers. And what we think of today as Irish corned beef is actually Jewish corned beef thrown into a pot with cabbage and potatoes. The Jewish population in New York City at the time were relatively new immigrants from Eastern and Central Europe. The corned beef they made was from brisket, a kosher cut of meat from the front of the cow. Since brisket is a tougher cut, the salting and cooking process transformed the meat into the extremely tender, flavorful corned beef we know of today. The Corporal is found of serving Corned Beef & Cabbage as part of his own celebration, despite the pleas of his wife to not stink up the house! Fortunately for him, no one else in his household will eat it, so there are plenty of left-overs for himself to make into sandwiches! To Corn Beef From "Housekeeping In Old Virginia", Edited By Marion Cabell Tyree "To Corn Beef. For every hundred pounds of beef, take : 6 pounds salt. 2 pounds brown sugar. 2 ounces saltpetre. 3 or 4 ounces soda. 1 ounce red pepper. The whole to be dissolved in four gallons of water. The beef must be closely packed in a barrel, and the mixture poured over so as to cover it. Let it stand a week or ten days, or longer if the weather is cold ; then pour off the brine, boil it, and skim off the blood. Let it cool, and pour back on the beef. Warranted to keep." Notes: Beef Brisket would be the type of beef used. Saltpetre can be purchased at a local pharmacy. "Soda" refers to Baking Soda. Interesting Irish Confederate Facts: Although significantly fewer Irish lived in the Confederate States of America, six Confederate generals were Irish-born. Units such as the Charleston Irish Volunteers attracted Confederate Irish-Americans in South Carolina, the 24th Georgia Volunteer Infantry followed General Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb, while Irish Tennesseans could join the 10th Tennessee Infantry. A company of the Washington Blues regiment of the Missouri Volunteer Militia (later the Missouri State Guard), commanded by Colonel Joseph Kelly, was the subject of a Confederate version of a Union song, "Kelly's Irish Brigade". The Louisiana Tigers, first raised by Major Chatham Roberdeau Wheat, had a large number of Irish American members. Company E, Emerald Guard,33rd Virginia of the Stonewall Brigade composed of Irish immigrant volunteers may have been first to initiate "rebel yell" at 1st Bull Run attacking 14th New York guns on Henry Hill. Professor David Gleeson has recently undertaken the most detailed review of the Irish in the Confederacy yet produced, which includes an attempt to accurately estimate the numbers of Irish who served the South during the war. The figure he arrives at is c. 20,000 men; although dwarfed in comparison to Irish service in the Federal forces, such a total would, in fact, represent the enlistment of just over 50% of those Irishmen of military age in the South, a proportion which significantly exceeds that seen in the North. Major General Patrick Ronayne Cleburne-Born March 17, 1828, Killumney County, Ireland. Killed during the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. He was last seen advancing on foot toward the Union line with his sword raised, after his horse was shot out from under him. Accounts later said that he was found just inside the Federal line and his body carried back to an aid station along the Columbia Turnpike. Confederate war records indicate he died of a shot to the abdomen, or possibly a bullet that went through his heart. When Confederates found his body, he had been picked clean of any valuable items, including his sword, boots and pocket watch.