‘A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honours, the men it remembers’ (President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Ireland, 1963)
The American Civil War impacted hundreds of thousands of Irish people, both in the United States and Ireland. Despite this huge level of Irish involvement, little is known in their home country about their experiences. A large number of sites in Ireland are either directly connected with individuals who fought in the American Civil War or were centres of activity relating to the conflict.
The Irish American Civil War Trail is an initiative established by a group of individuals based in Ireland, who are dedicated to heightening the recognition of the Irish contribution to the conflict across the island. Our aims are:
To honour, remember and commemorate the thousands of Irishmen and women who served on both sides during the American Civil War, or were caught up in the conflict.
To promote the history of the Irish involvement in the American Civil War with a view to encouraging heritage based tourism into Ireland.
To work towards creating a permanent memorial to the Men and Women who participated in varying roles on both sides of the conflict.
The Irish involvement in the American Civil War was one of the most significant in any war, either in Ireland or elsewhere. It is fitting to the memory of these brave people that they be remembered on the island of their birth. To that end the Irish American Civil War Trail group has been set-up to fulfill a number of roles:
Highlight potential sites for inclusion in an Irish American Civil War Trail
Heighten awareness of the domestic and international tourism potential of such sites
Lobby for the protection of these sites and the creation of a memorial to Irish involvement in the American Civil War
The group is a completely voluntary and not-for-profit organisation. If you have any suggestions for additions to a perspective trail, or would like to assist the project in anyway, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org