As for the Irish in New Orleans I suggest you are cherry picking again. This from the book The Irish in New Orleans, Dr. Laura Kelly. (Article in link) : http://thewildgeese.irish/profiles/...d-the-irish-in-new-orleans-by-dr-laura-kelley Excerpts: "The importance of New Orleans as a port and control of the Mississippi river was not lost on Lincoln. Union forces targeted New Orleans and successfully captured the city in April 1862 without a fight leaving the largest and most prosperous city in the Confederacy under Union control for the remainder of the war. However, the occupation of the city did not discourage its residents from showing defiance to Yankee rule, nor did it stop the Irish from enlisting to fight for the Confederate cause. Hibernian sentiments in New Orleans might perhaps have been best captured by Father Mullon's reply to General Benjamin Butler's accusation that the good priest had refused to bury Union soldiers to which Mullon replied 'The charge is false General. I'd be delighted to bury any Yankee, including yourself.' " "Irish soldiers could be found in most Louisiana divisions. However, several were particularly notable for their large Irish numbers. Among them were the Emmet and Montgomery Guards of the 1st Louisiana Volunteers; the 7th Louisiana Volunteers with a company from Donaldsonville which was over 90 percent Irish; the 10th with five companies dominated by the Irish; the 1st Battalion of the Louisiana Volunteers, frequently referred to as the Louisiana Tigers filled by New Orleans Irish, and the6th Louisiana Volunteers: of the 980 men in the 6th at least 468 were born in Ireland and 100 more had common Irish surnames." "To any Irish national, the words "North" could easily be substituted for "British" and "South" swapped for "Irish." Ardent Irish nationalist and journalist John Mitchel's own son(also named John) fought, and ultimately died, for the Confederate Cause. He conveyed this sentiment shortly before his death in 1864. ' I die willing for the South, but oh, that it had been for Ireland.' "