Today is the first post that I will be making on my progress for my History Practicum (History 298) class that I am taking during my junior year at the University of Mary Washington. This project, which revolves around primary sources will be used to answer a main question of mine which is “Did the members of the Irish Brigade (officers and soldiers alike) believe that their involvement in some of the most intense parts of battles was due to their ethnic or religious background?” This question is one I came up with after reading the sentiments of Francis Thomas Meagher, who is the founder and Major General of the Irish Brigade in the American Civil War.
If you have read my post on the Irish Brigade on this site then you will know that this is a topic I have a personal attachment to, and the potential to find out the actual feelings of the troops and members of the brigade would be not only educational to myself but also incredibly rewarding.
My first source, which I ended up basing this whole paper on was the report from General Thomas Francis Meagher from the Battle of Fredericksburg. In particular it is of the Irish Brigades assault on Maryes Heights from the 13th of December. He explains various officers and other generals who reported to him throughout the day about the brigades actions that day. This source was the source I used for my primary source analysis.