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The Irish Brigade at Gettysburg

You may be still hearing the voice of the great Irish tenor John McCormack in your head from last October's meeting. At this meeting we bring back Mike Fitzpatrick who brought John McCormack to our stage. Tonight, Mike escorts us to the Battle of Gettysburg to join the many Irish soldiers who fought and died during America's Civil War. Mike's topic is "The Irish Brigade at Gettysburg". Mike is president of the Nassau County Civil War Roundtable.

The Battle of Gettysburg stands out from the many conflicts of America's Civil War, not the least for its being the site of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: "Four score and seven years ago ..." From our schooling we remember the name of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee and General George Pickett, famous leader of Pickett's Charge. Not in our curriculum was the role of the Irish, 160,000 of whom fought in the Union Army, nor did we hear about the most renowned Irish unit, the Irish Brigade of the Army of the Potomac. Mike's talk will give is the history of the Irish Brigade to show us why the Irish Brigade has such a legendary history.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 14th at the Garden City Casino - please note the venue change. The meeting begins at 7:30pm.

Face coverings are required and social distancing is expected to be practiced by those in attendance. Maximum attendance is 40, so arrive early to make sure you get a spot!

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