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History of the Ninth Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, "The Irish regiment," in the war of the rebellion, 1861-65.
The record of a gallant command on the march, in battle and in bivouac.
by Thomas Hamilton Murray...
|Main Creator:||Murray, Thomas Hamilton, 1857-|
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New Haven, Conn. : The Price, Lee & Adkins Co., 1903.
Also available in digital form on the Internet Archive Web site.
The Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers (Connecticut's "Irish Regiment") was organized in September of 1861 composed mainly of soldiers born in Ireland or first generation Irish Americans. They were transported to Ship Island, MS on the Gulf Coast by the end of the year where they saw action as well as in New Orleans the following spring. During the summer of 1862 they were part of the first campaign against Vicksburg and assigned to the "Williams Canal" operation, an unsuccessful Federal project to divert the course of the Mississippi River, bypass Confederate guns at Vicksburg and win control of the Mississippi. Beginning there the regiment lost 150 men due to the lack of supplies, heat, dysentery and malaria conditions in a four-month period. At Baton Rouge Colonel Thomas Cahill of the Ninth took command of the Federal troops after the death of Brigadier General Williams and successfully repulsed the Confederate attack. After being assigned to defend New Orleans they later served in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley and played a prominent role in General Sheridan's 1864 victory at Cedar Creek. Murray wrote a number of articles for the Journal of the American-Irish Historical Society.
Physical description: 446 pages : color frontispiece, plates, portraits ; 24 cm
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