Lincoln and the Irish The Untold Story of How the Irish Helped Abraham Lincoln Save the Union By Niall O'Dowd
 
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An unprecedented narrative of the relationship that swung the Civil War.

When Pickett charged at Gettysburg, it was the all-Irish Pennsylvania 69th who held fast while the surrounding regiments broke and ran. And it was Abraham Lincoln who, a year earlier at Malvern Hill, picked up a corner of one of the Irish colors, kissed it, and said, “God bless the Irish flag.”

Lincoln and the Irish untangles one of the most fascinating subtexts of the Civil War: Abraham Lincoln’s relationship with the men and women coming to America to escape the Irish famine.

Renowned Irish-American journalist Niall O’Dowd gives unprecedented insight into a relationship that began with mutual disdain. Lincoln saw the Irish as instinctive supporters of the Democratic opposition, while the Irish saw the English landlord class in Lincoln’s Republicans. But that dynamic would evolve, and the Lincoln whose first political actions included intimidating Irish voters at the polls would eventually hire Irish nannies and donate to the Irish famine fund. When he was voted into the White House, Lincoln surrounded himself with Irish staff, much to the chagrin of a senior aide who complained about the Hibernian cabal. And the Irish would repay Lincoln’s faith—their numbers and courage would help swing the Civil War in his favor, and among them would be some of his best generals and staunchest advocates.
TitleLincoln and the Irish
SubtitleThe Untold Story of How the Irish Helped Abraham Lincoln Save the Union
AuthorBy Niall O'Dowd
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintSkyhorse Publishing
Published27 February 2018
FormatHardback
ISBN-139781510736344
Pages224
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.
IllustrationsB/W photos and illustrations.

About the author

Niall O’Dowd is the founder of IrishCentral, Irish America Magazine, and the Irish Voice newspaper. He is also responsible for publishing the IrishCentral.com community newspaper and the Irish Emigrant newspaper in Boston. Niall was awarded an honorary doctorate by University College Dublin for his work on the Irish peace process, which was a subject of a book, Daring Diplomacy, and a PBS Special, An Irish Voice. He has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, Huffington Post, and the Irish Times. He lives in New York City.

“We’ve had Thomas Cahill’s excellent How The Irish Saved Civilization and now Niall O’Dowd has penned a terrific book that should be titled "How The Irish Saved The Union." O’Dowd introduces us to a wealth of Irish characters who had an enormous impact on Abraham Lincoln and the outcome of the Civil War. Just some of them include the old Irish White House door man Edward Mc Manus, who was one of the very few people who could make Lincoln laugh with his Irish tales (much to Mary Todd Lincoln’s annoyance), the legendary (and controversial) Archbishop of New York John ‘Dagger’ Hughes, his friend and confidante (and Irish revolutionary), hero Thomas Francis Meagher, and another Irish confidante, General Michael Corcoran. Both of the latter men fought and won decisive victories for the North, along with the diminutive General Philip Sheridan (head of the Union cavalry). We learn of the extraordinary courageous acts of bravery of women like Jennie Hodgers from County Louth, a transgender soldier, and “Irish Biddy,” who followed her husband into battle and famously saved many wounded soldiers by dragging them off the field and returning to repeat this action many times. She stood a little over 5 ft! Then, of course, we had the legendary Pennsylvanian Irish 69th, who certainly won the battle of Gettysburg for Lincoln and ultimately saved the North. Abe apparently grabbed an Irish flag and kissed it upon after the battle of Malvern Hill and declared “God bless the Irish!” Delve into this book on any page and you will find delicious little stories of the affection our most loved and cherished President had for our race who were considered at the time as Catholic rabble by many on the east coast. If you’re a Lincoln fan like me, you’ll love this book.” —Liam Neeson, award-winning actor
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