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Special Collections Roadshow at Gettysburg College: 37th New York Infantry Kepi

By: Val Merlina, ’14

Val Merlina uses a Civil War kepi as a gateway to discuss immigrant culture in America during the 1860s.

2 comments on “Special Collections Roadshow at Gettysburg College: 37th New York Infantry Kepi

  1. Meg Sutter
    March 28, 2014

    yay Val!!😀

  2. Love this and looking forward to the next installment!

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Our soldier for #SoldierSunday is General Thomas Francis Meagher (pronounced Mar). Meagher commanded the 69th New York Infantry, which became the first unit to make up the Irish Brigade after its formation by Meagher himself. He commanded the 'Fighting Sixty-Ninth' for many important battles including Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. Many in the 69th NY were part of the Fenian Brotherhood, Irish republican nationalists who supported the overthrow of the British in Ireland, linked to the Easter Rising that occurred on April 24, 1916, 100 years to this day.

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