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Irish Confederates: The Civil Wars Forgotten Soldiers Paperback – January 23, 2007
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"a free-flowing history . . . easy reading as well as informational." -- The Rebel Rouser
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A fair amount of the book's ink is spent arguing that, despite their outstanding war record, the CS Irish have been swept under the rug and are just now being recognized. While the publisher claims it's due to the tired old cliche about Northern control of publishing houses, thankfully Mr. Tucker himself does not, attributing it instead largely to a low rate of literacy among surviving Irish vets. Tucker's contention has some validity, but the main reason this occurred is Lost Cause-ism, which attempted to portray Confederates as the "real" (read WASP) Americans fighting against immigrant hordes forced to fight for the "stay-at-home Yankee cowards". Once this claim was made, it would not do to have Irish seen around the CSA pantheon, so the Lost Cause advocates airbrushed them out of the picture. Although Ella Lonn demolished this almost 70 years ago, myths die hard.
All in all, the book is okay for the casual student; there's just not a lot of meat if you're something more. It's not the in-depth study I'm hoping for, but to be fair I doubt Mr. Tucker was trying to produce one here. A lot of the units and personalities he describes are covered in greater detail in other works, including some of his own. If you're really interested in Irish in the ACW, I'd opt for them instead.
In masterful fashion, Tucker also reveals the many complexities of the Irish experience in the South. In this fine book, he has also demonstrated that the Irish of the South were among the most zealous and hardest fighting soldiers of the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of Tennessee. All is all, this is a wonderful story that is well-researched and well-written. Tucker has revealed many little-known and long-overlooked aspects of the Irish wartime experience across the South. In dismantling the time-honored myths and negative stereotypes about the Irish, this book provides the reader with a real education in regard to understanding the remarkable story of the most forgotten and neglected soldiers of the Civil War. The reader of this book comes away with a fresh and greater understanding of the Irish experience in the Civil War. I very much enjoyed this book about these fascinating and intriguing Irish warriors, who fought and died in disproportionate numbers. This ground-breaking work is highly recommended.
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Well written and well researched, this book covers an overlooked part of Civil War history.Published 13 months ago by T. Crane
Husband had read Phillip Tucker's book on the history of the Irish Brigade, and was pleased with this "companion" book.Published on December 27, 2013 by Linda M.