Fighting Irish of the Civil War: The Last Full Measure
Their valor in fighting for the Union had won the Irish Brigade the admiration of friend and foe alike, but the battle scars were showing. Overcome by the body count, Brigadier General Thomas Francis Meagher resigned, leaving their chaplain, William Corby, to provide leadership and guidance. . Severe casualties in Fredericksburg and Gettysburg crippled the Brigade, but never their spirit.