Officers of the Irish Brigade

Thanks to Damien Shiels for helping identifying the men in this photo “It was taken sometime between May and August in 1862 at Harrison’s Landing, Virginia by Alexander Gardner. Three of the men are religious standing at back left is Father Patrick Dillon CSC (who was visiting his brother Father James at the time), seated centre is Father James Dillon CSC and seated right is Father William Corby CSC (of Gettysburg absolution fame). Many of the reproductions of the image list the men standing at back right and seated at front left as unidentified (although he is an officer), though Joe Bilby in his book ‘The Irish Brigade and the Civil War: The 69th New York and Other Irish Regiments of the Army of the Potomac’ identifies the man standing at back right as James J.McCormick, Quartermaster of the 63rd New York”. In the Decies journal of Waterford Pat McCarthy wrote ” The papers of the late John Garland, A renowned expert on Irish participation in the American Civil War identified some of the officers and quoting WD o Grady who served in the 88th, identifies the officer seated on the left as Capt Clooney”.

Thanks again for help with this Damien.


About Waterford Civil War Veterans

Hi, my name is James Doherty and I pay my bills by working in marketing. My hobby is history in particular the history of my hometown Waterford.
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