The Irish Brigade

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The Irish Brigade served in the Union Army during the Civil War, and originally consisted of the 63rd New York Infantry, the 69th New York Infantry and the 88th New York Infantry.

On December 11, 2010, members of the 63rd represented by COL James Whalen (photo), the “Fighting 69th, NYARNG, led by Battallion Commander MAJ. James C. Gonyo III (photo), the 88th Brigade (New York Guard) led by COL George De Simone, and The Veterans Corps of Artillery, led by Chief of Staff LTC Ray Mechmann, commemorated the service of the brigade during the Civil War. During the Battle of Fredericksburg (December 11-15, 1862), the brigades’ force was reduced from over 1600 troops to 256.

Todays commemoration was to honor those lost in the battle. Also joining the commemoration were Civil War Reenactor’s from the New York State Volunteers Heritage Association.

For more information on the Irish Brigade and its’ respective units please see these Wikipedia articles:  “The Irish Brigade“,  “69th Infantry Regiment (United States)“, and “New York Guard“. Here is a link to the “Battle of Fredericksburg“.

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