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

Patrick White, a native of Sligo, Ireland, and a Civil War Medal of Honor recipient, will be among the Irish-Americans discussed by retired Siena College professor Tom Kelly during his presentation at the museum.
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Patrick White, a native of Sligo, Ireland, and a Civil War Medal of Honor recipient, will be among the Irish-Americans discussed by retired Siena College professor Tom Kelly during his presentation at the museum.
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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. “The Irish-Americans, particularly ...

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