The Irish Brigade of the American Civil War were the most honored and beloved of
all soldiers. Their shout of
faugh a ballagh,
Clear the Way!
could be heard across the
fields as the bright green and gold of their flag blew in the wind.
Many had fought in Ireland like
Thomas Francis Meagher "Meagher of the Sword" before coming to this new country
and would fight again to preserve precious freedom. He formed the first
regiment to be known as the Fighting 69th and went into battle with the Finnian
flag flying the motto
We will never
fly from the clashing of blades.
Riam nar druid ó sbarin
translates from the Gaelic
As other regiments joined the Fighting 69th they became
known as the Irish Brigade. The Irish Brigade's strong religious beliefs and
culture unified them and provided comfort in the bloody battles. Love of
country, loyalty and fierceness in battle made them proud to be the Fighting
Irish. You can find monuments of the Irish Brigade in Gettysburg, Antietam, New
York and many more battlefields and cities all over the United States.