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REL 455: American Catholicism 1775-1881: Catholics during the Civil War & Reconstruction

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Tribute to Catholic Irish Brigades

Forces at work prior to and during Civil War

The Potato famine drew millions of Catholic Irsh Immigrants to the U.S. - swelling the Catholic population.

Key Players in the Civil War who were Catholics

William T. Sherman

  • Union General
  • Sereved under Ullysses Grant in 1862 & 1863

Michael Corcoran

  • Colonel of the 69th New York State Militia
  • Captured at Bull Run, Prisoner of war for one year

Thomas Francis Meagher

  • Organized what would become the Irish Brigade