69th Irish Regimental Flag from the Civil War. Flag is 150 denure super polyester with two brass grommets new header material and 4 rows of stitching on fly side.
When anything absurd, forlorn, or desperate was to be attempted, the Irish Brigade was called upon."
Throughout its life in the Army of the Potomac, the Irish Brigade was almost always at the foremost position and suffered high casualties as a result. During their first engagement at the front battlefield of Bull Run when the Federal army was badly beaten and routed, the Irish 69th, an old pre-war militia regiment had charged bravely and stubbornly were the only Union troops to hold their ground.
During its almost four years of service, the Irish Brigade lost more than 4,000 officers and men, more than which served within the Brigade at any one time. It is of interest that more than 175 Civil War Medal of Honor recipients were born in Ireland.
The men who filled the ranks of the Irish Brigade were from all walks of life and social classes. Attorneys served in the ranks alongside bricklayers. Some were landless tenant farmers from the old country, who were reported to have been recruited shortly after exiting the immigrant landing point at Castle Garden, and who spoke only Irish Gaelic. The majority of the rank and file were, however, urban workmen.
Most regiments in the Civil War carried two flags, the national colors and their regimental flag, which usually bore the seal of the regiment’s home state. However, some ethnic units opted to carry a flag unique to them, thus the green Irish nationalist flag of New York’s Irish Brigade came into existence.