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    LOT OF FOUR ITEMS CIVIL WAR ERA 69TH IRISH BRIGADE, NEW YORK CIRCA 1860S. The Irish Brigade was an infantry brigade that served in the American Civil War, consisting predominantly of Irish immigrants. The designation of the first regiment in the brigade, the 69th New York Infantry, or the "Fighting 69th", continued in later wars. They were known in part for their famous war-cry, the "faugh a ballagh", which is an old Gaelic phrase, meaning "clear the way". The formation of an Irish Brigade was authorized by the United State Secretary of War in September 1861. The brigade originally consisted of the 69th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, the 63rd New York, and the 88th New York. In the fall of that year the 116th Pennsylvania Infantry & 28th Massachusetts Infantry joined the Irish Brigade, giving it its desired complement of five regiments. The mostly non-Irish 29th Massachusetts Infantry regiment had a short stint with the Irish Brigade in 1862.

    This lot has four items from the 69th Irish Brigade, First. Two pages, ALS, beautiful letterhead, "Head Quarters Irish Brigade, 596 Broadway, New York. Thomas Francis Meagher, acting Brigadier-General. New York, 15th Oct. 1861. I hear by certify that Maxwell O'Sullevain was duly elected Captain of Company I 4th regiment Irish Brigade on the 11th day of October 1861. [Signed] Robert Nugent Col 1st regiment Irish Brigade." [It was Nugent that raised the Irish brigade back to life in 1864 and it was General Nugent, Commander of the Irish Brigade that took Ulysses S. Grant's first surrender offer to Lee at Appomattox court house] Second. War time used Civil War cover, dated: July 30, 1861, with engraving of the Flag of the 69th flying, and printed "The gallant 69th of New York ready to receive their secession friends from the South, Arlington Heights, June 1861." Third. A very nice Brady CDV, of Reverend Father Mooney celebrating morning service, for the 69th N. Y. S. V. at Camp Corcoran, Virginia. Fourth. Very rare enameled pin back hanging medal with green silk ribbon, at top "Veteran Corps" on heavy enamel pin back. In middle" 69" at bottom of medal, "Gentle when stroked fierce when provoked"

    Condition: Overall condition, fine-very fine all items.


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    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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