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- DescriptionChristian Samito writes in his introduction: In reading Guiney's words, one can have a fuller appreciation of what motivated civilians to volunteer to fight a war and of the privations they suffered in service to their country. These are the collected Civil War letters of Patrick Robert Guiney, an Irish immigrant from Country Tipperary who relocated to Boston, Massachusetts. When the Civil War broke out, Guiney volunteered to defend the Union and, quickly rose from First Lieutenant to Colonel, to command the ninth Massachusetts regiment. A fervent supporter of Lincoln and passionately opposed to slavery, Guiney felt that, in his service to his new country, he was doing his part to gain freedom for the slaves. Being politically outspoken, Guiney was often criticized for his views by other Irish-Americans. His letters reveal t only the experiences and thoughts of an Irish Catholic soldier, but also the hidden tensions within his immigrant community. His views and observations t only illuminate his personal independence of thought, but also the political landscape which he tried to improve.
- Author BiographyChristian G. Samito earned his law degree from Harvard Law School and his doctorate in American history from Boston College. He teaches legal history at Boston University School of Law and practices law in Boston. His most recent books are Becoming American under Fire: Irish Americans, African Americans, and the Politics of Citizenship during the Civil War Era (Cornell University Press, 2009) and Changes in Law and Society during the Civil War and Reconstruction: A Legal History Documentary Reader (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009). His forthcoming book concerns Lincoln and constitutional amendment, and he is also editing a collection of essays about the Civil Rights Act of 1866.
- Author(s)Christian G. Samito,Patrick R. Guiney
- PublisherFordham University Press
- Date of Publication01/01/1997
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Series TitleIrish in the Civil War
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 6
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFordham University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight479 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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