The Irish Brigade fall at Fredericksburg 1862

#OnThisDay 1862 The Irish Brigade charged the Confederate lines at the Battle of Fredericksburg at Marye’s Heights. Of the 1,200 Irish men who started the charge, only 256 men present for duty the next day. They were cut down by an Irish unit from Georgia. As the Irish Brigade came into view some of the Irish Confederates shouted “Oh God, what a pity! Here comes Meagher’s fellows.”
It was at Fredericksburg that Confederate General Robert E. Lee allegedly called Meagher’s men ‘The Fightin’ 69th”.

#Ireland #History

Irish Brig at Fredericksburg

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s