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Jane Marie
Jane Marie • 29 weeks ago

Michael Maloney. He emigrated from Ireland to Minnesota, where he was drafted into the Union Army in 1864. His regiment served mainly in Georgia. He survived the war and died at age 54 in 1884.

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Thomas William Sweeny (1820 -1892) was an Irish soldier who served in the Mexican-American War and then was a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. In 1866, Sweeny led the Niagara Raid of the Fenian invasion of Canada. These unsuccessful raids were meant to pressure England to withdraw forces from Ireland. Sweeny was arrested for violating American neutrality laws, but was soon released. He served in the army until his retirement in 1870. #history #civilwar #ireland

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