Fighting Sons of Erin: Connecticut’s Irish Regiment in the Civil War

Diana McCain for Your Public Media, “Fighting Sons of Erin: Connecticut’s Irish Regiment in the Civil War.” On battlefields from Virginia to Louisiana, the soldiers of Connecticut’s Ninth Regiment Volunteer Infantry marched into combat against Confederate forces under a regimental flag unlike any other from the state: a blue banner emblazoned with a golden harp on a field of emerald green dotted with shamrocks and bearing the motto “Erin Go Bragh.” The symbols and the slogan proclaimed the unit as Connecticut’s “Irish Regiment,” composed of 1,200 first- and second-generation Irish for whom fighting to preserve the Union…”