Irish Hunger and Migration: Myth, Memory and Memorialization


Irish in the American Civil War

This time last year I had the opportunity to speak at the Ulster-American Heritage Symposium in Athens, Georgia. It was the second element of what was a two-part conference held in 2014 (the first part having taken place in Quinnipiac University, Connecticut) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the biennial symposium, which explores Ulster’s connections with the United States. Quinnipiac University is home to Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute,and they took the decision to publish proceedings from the two events. The resultant book was launched at Quinnipiac last week, and I am delighted to have had an opportunity to contribute a paper to it. My effort focuses on what the American Civil War pension files might tell us about the Ulster experience of emigration in the 19th century. This is the first of a couple of upcoming academic papers on my pension file research that should be published this year…

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