On this St. Patrick’s Day, may we remember these mighty men – those who fought in the Irish Brigade.
Soldiers of the Irish Brigade
Are Honored at Antietam
|Come, let the solemn, soothing Mass be said,
For the soldier-souls of the patriot dead . . .But if high the praise, be as deep the wail
O’er the exiled sons of the warlike Gael. . . .Proud beats the heart, while it sorrowing melts
O’er the death-won fame of the truthful Celts.For the scattered graves, over which we pray
Will shine like stars on their race alway. . .
– From John Savage’s Requiem for the Fallen of the Irish Brigade (Jan. 16, 1864)
- St. Patrick’s Day in the Army of the Potomac, 1863 (irishamericancivilwar.wordpress.com)