- Hardcover: 443 pages
- Publisher: Morningside Bookshop; First Edition edition (June 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0890293295
- ISBN-13: 978-0890293294
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,488,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Party of Mad Fellows: The Story of the Irish Regiments in the Army of the Potomac First Edition Edition
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"For thousands of Irish-Americans who answered the call of their adopted country, service under the Stars and Stripes was viewed as a precursor to the freedom they hoped one day to win for the Emerald Isle. The fighting prowess and martial enthusiasm of the Arm of the Potomac's framed Irish Brigade, and other proud Irish American units like the 9th Massachusetts and 69th Pennsylvania, was fired by their hope of freedom for their native land. Daring and reckless, fiercely combative and willing to suffer terrible losses for their cause and country, the Irish volunteers of the Army of the Potomac battled with heroic endurance through the swamps of the Peninsula, the carnage of Antietam's Bloody Lane, up the bullet-swept slope of Marye's Heights and across Gettysburg's wheatfield. They experienced the glories of victory at Cemetery Ridge, and the horrors of Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor. The product of years of research, Frank Boyle's detailed history of the Irish regiments of the Army of the Potomac follows these gallant sons of Erin through trial and tribulation, down the long and weary road to ultimate victory." Brian C. Pohanka
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It is a tale of bloody slaughter, of stubbornness under fire, of exile's fighting once more for a cause not their own.
Battles are described with the easy assurance of one who has been their, as Boyle being a combat veteran has, his skills lay in his ability to recreate the grand slaughters of the Army of the Potomac's career, setting the scene, before focusing in on the Irish involvement in said battles. Thus were are provided with a smooth running narrative that records the heroic careers of the 9th MA, 37th NY, 69th PA, The Irish Brigade, and The Corcoran Legion. A truly well written book, must own.