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Fredericksburg remembered

December 16, 2012
By MARY BURNS DEAS , The OBSERVER

If someone mentions the "Fighting Irish," it is more than likely that the upcoming college football national championships come to mind or the golden dome at the University of Notre Dame. However, these are just contemporary associations when compared to a large group of men from New York who fought courageously 150 years ago. This past week thousands of people gathered to commemorate the Battle of Fredericksburg, a battle that took place in the middle of December where more than 200,000 soldiers met in Virginia; brother against brother, Irish against Irish, during the Civil War. It was the largest number of men ever to assemble for combat during the war. Although long ago, it is worth remembering because so many people, including New Yorkers, suffered and died there. They were our fellow countrymen and even our own ancestors.

 
 

 

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