St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in the Union Army 1863

#OnThisDay 1863 The Irish Brigade’s QuarterMaster got “35 hams, a roast ox, a pig stuffed with boiled turkeys & countless chickens, ducks & small game. 8 baskets of champagne, 10 gallons of rum & 10 gallons of whiskey” so they could celebrate #StPatricksDay.

“The highlight of the celebration was the activities scheduled throughout the day. These included a sack race, a mock dress parade, a horse race, a race for a greased pig and climbing a greased pole for ten days leave”. And of course, Mass was said too.


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