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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
Albert Woolson: the last living Union Civil War Vet and member of the GAR, he died in Duluth, MN
Alice E. Doherty was born in 1887 with a rare genetic mutation called “hypertrichosis”, or “werewolf syndrome”, which causes excessive body hair. She was billed as “The Minnesota Woolly Baby”. At birth, she was covered all over in two-inch long, silky blonde hair. She began exhibiting as a sideshow “freak” at the age of two, and remained in the business until 1915.
KATIE GILNAGH (Third class) This photo of Katie Gilnagh (seated) and her sister Mary Boshell was taken after Gilnagh survived the sinking of the Titanic. Katie's mother in Ireland would not believe that Katie survived unless she saw a photo of her with Mary (who was already living in New York City). So the sisters had this photo made to prove to their mother that Katie had indeed survived.
Peter Tait, from the Shetland Islands in Scotland, started a factory in Limerick, Ireland, that went on to supply all the Confederate uniforms in the U.S. Civil War by running them through the Union blockade on a steamship called Evelyn. #textile #history #ireland
This picture links to the Great Potato Famine in Ireland that occurred in the late 1840s. The poor farmers in Ireland were dependent upon potatoes to survive. Interestingly, despite the huge number or starving people on the island, huge numbers of crops (such as corn and grain) were exported for profit rather than used at home.