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Irish Brigade had mixed motives in fighting for Union in Civil War

Friday, September 14, 2012
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The Irish Brigade proved itself in battle time after time during the Civil War, but as important as those soldiers were to the Second Corps of the Army of the Potomac, they weren’t fighting to eradicate slavery in their adopted homeland. “The motives were mixed, but while the cause of [the] Union may have interested some of them, the cause of slavery did not,” said former Siena College history professor Tom Kelly. ...

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