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    American Civil War Heroes

    Hello everyone, So I'm a huge fan of the american civil war. I love everything about it, battles, uniforms,etc.
    I would like to make this thread about some of its soldiers and heroes. Otherwise they would get forgotten.
    I must say lots of the war heroes im gonna list is irish american, irish people who emigrated to the united states and enlisted in their military. So yea, Irish people are pretty badass :P
    I will write a short biography and will put 1 image for every soldier. Enjoy!

    Let's make a start.

    So first one is:

    (1) Myles Keogh Myles_Keogh.jpg

    He was an irish Soldier, first fighting in the papal war in italy during the italian unification.Then he emigrated in the united states of america.There he served for all the civil war and at its end he fought in indian wars dying in the battle of the little bighorn at age 36.He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
    He was a very good and experienced officer respected by his soldiers and superiors.
    Here is what union generals thought and wrote about him:

    Whether on staff duty or commanding detachments on dangerous and delicate service, he was alike successful, and his soldierly bearing and spirit were a model. He is par excellence a cavalry officer"
    — Major General Jacob D. Cox, Commander 3rd Division of the XXIII Corps of the Army of the Ohio

    He is one of the most gallant and efficient young cavalry officers I have ever known"
    — Major General John M. Schofield, U.S. Secretary of War and Commanding General of the United States Army.

    His record had been remarkable for the short time he had been in the army. He appeared to a most gentlemanlike man, of soldierly appearance, and I was exceedingly glad to have him as an aide."
    — General George B. McClellan, the commander of the Army of the Potomac

    Major Keogh is one of the most superior young officers in the army and is a universal favourite with all who know him"
    — General George Stoneman, Chief of Cavalry, Army of the Potomac


    (2) Nicholas Merritt Nolan 200px-NicholasMNolan.jpg
    An irish immigrant He enlisted in the army in 1852 and at the outbreak of the civil war he Joined the US Army and he got assigned to the 6th Us Cavalry regiment. He then participated to 16 major campaigns (Ik its a lot!) from 1861 to 1865 and 166 of the related battles!
    He was brevetted twice and noted at least twice for gallantry during combat. He was slightly wounded when captured at the end of March 1865 and was later paroled. After the Civil War he served in the Indian Wars with the 10th U.S. Cavalry known as the Buffalo Soldiers for fourteen years. He died in 1883 at age 48 for a stroke.


    (3) William Russell Parnell William_R._Parnell.jpg

    He was an Irish-born adventurer and soldier during the mid-to late 19th century. A member of the 17th Lancers during the Crimean War, he was one of the few survivors of the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade.
    He later became a Lieutenant Colonel and brevet Colonel in the U.S. Army, participating in the American Civil War and the Indian Wars. Parnell served as an officer to the 1st U.S. Cavalry in the Nez Perce War and received the Medal of Honor for leading a rescue of troops, and personally saving the life of a fallen trooper, at the Battle of White Bird Canyon in 1877.

    (4) James Fegan 220px-James_Fegan_illustration_from_Uncle_Sam's_Medal_of_Honor.jpg
    Yes guys, still an irish immigrant (You are right men 4/5 of these heroes were irish) He was an American soldier in the U.S. Army who served with the 2nd and 3rd U.S. Infantry during the American Civil War, and Indian Wars. In March 1868, while escorting a powder train en route from Fort Harker to Fort Dodge, Kansas, he single-handedly prevented a mob from blowing up the train to free an army deserter. For his efforts, he received the Medal of Honor.

    (5) Thomas Lafayette Rosser 220px-TLRosser.jpg
    Yes finally a csa hero and not irish :P
    He was a Confederate major general during the American Civil War, and later a railroad construction engineer and in 1898 a brigadier general of volunteers in the United States Army during the Spanish–American War. A favorite of J.E.B. Stuart, he was noted for his daring cavalry raids, efficiency in handling combat troops, and tactical brilliance. Thomas Rosser's room mate at the academy, George Armstrong Custer was a close friend and despite being on opposing sides this friendship continued both during and after the Civil War ended.


    Ok so this is all for now, thanks for reading, sorry if some words or sentences are wrong but im not english im italian so my english isnt perfect.
    If you want me to add more heroes pls ask it in comments
    Cya!
    Last edited by Bill Adams; 08-26-2018 at 10:02 AM.

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    Pls for the guys who viewed this thread answer me show me your support i took quite a while for making this and its very interesting sadly no one answered me

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    Sorry i dont understand what you mean...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Adams View Post
    Sorry i dont understand what you mean...
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._P._Hill
    The chances are by the time you have finished typing a long response to my post, I have changed half of the original post.

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    George Henry Thomas - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Henry_Thomas An often over looked Virginian who stayed loyal to the Union.
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    One of my Civil War heroes is Colonel William J. Colvill of the 1st Minnesota who participated in every major battke from 1st Bull Run until being wounded at Gettysburg.

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    As far as the lesser knowns, mine would have to be Emory Upton. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emory_Upton Highly professional, strict on discipline and successful in all three army branches (infantry, cavalry and artillery). He's the guy who punched a gaping hole in the Mule Shoe at Spotsylvania while the other attacks failed.

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    I'd say Nathan Bedford Forrest.

    220px-Nathan_B._Forrest_-_LOCc.jpg

    Guy was a straight up beast.

    Two months later, in the aftermath of the Battle of Shiloh, at Fallen Timbers, Forrest was commending the rear guard of the withdrawing Confederate troops. In an attempt to hit the enemy one more time, Forrest drove deep the advancing Union line far ahead of his own men and found himself surrounded by Union troops. After he emptied his two revolvers, he drew his sabre and began slashing at the oncoming enemy. One yankee soldier fired his rifle into Forrest’s side, lifting Forrest off his saddle and lodging a mini ball near his spine. Forrest regained control of his horse, remounted and took off. As Union forces shot after him, he reached down and grabbed an unsuspecting Union soldier and brought him up on the back of his horse to absorb the mini-balls, then dumping the man to the ground once he was in the clear.
    I'd say Alexander Stephens is up there too.
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    Good ole Irishmen they had some damn good Uniforms (one being the good ole loyal Irishmen of the Irish Brigade ofc those lovely green Greatcoats)

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