A Regiment in the Famous Irish Brigade

When the Civil War broke out, thousands of Irishmen joined the Union Army. Three all-Irish infantry regiments were raised in New York City, and these units would become the core of the Irish Brigade: the 63rd, 69th, and 88th Infantry Regiments, New York State Volunteers. Confederate General Robert E. Lee gave them the nickname 'Fighting 69th'; that designation continued in later wars.

Fighting 69th, the Paintings
In 1991, artist Mort Kunstler had …

These works of art memorialize the heroic actions of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the African American soldiers he led at the ill-fated attack on Fort Wagner, part of the defenses of Charleston, South Carolina.

This painting by John Paul Strain perfectly captures a scene from the Battle of Okolona, Mississippi and highlights CSA cavalry commander General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

After his troops had endured several charges, Union Colonel Joshua Chamberlain decided that a countercharge might catch the Confederates off guard. This painting depicts the 20th Maine's desperate bayonet charge down the slopes of Little Round Top at the Battle of Gerrysburg.

Largest Charge of the Civil War: Gaines' Mill

Image: Desperate Valor by Dale Gallon
Brigadier General John Bell Hood leads the 4th Texas Regiment at the Battle of Gaines Mill and achieves the first breakthrough in the Union line.

McClellan Threatens Richmond
In early April 1862, USA General George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac landed at the tip of the Virginia Peninsula between the York and James Rivers. This force of more than 100,000 Union soldiers then …Read More...