A short post today, because a fellow blogger has basically done my work. (Thank you, Carolina HeartStrings).
I normally don't have Civil War Saturdays but I couldn't resist after reading her post.
I enjoy originality and new views of events and people and this take on the Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley by a South Carolina blogger fits right into that catgory. I have blogged about the Hunley before, but not quite like this.
On this St. Patrick's Day, it is fitting to consider the contribution of Irish immigrants to the Civil War. The Carolina HeartStrings post discusses the Irish crew members of this submarine. The Scots contributed also- I have blogged about a local Civil War hero in our Binghamton, New York community, David Ireland, who was an immigrant from Scotland. Indeed, immigrants from various countries played many parts in our War Between the States. It wasn't just natives of North and South.
But the Irish contributed more than their share.
At this point, I would also like to expand a little on something else the Carolina HeartStrings blog discussed - the fact that citizens of the Northern and Southern states, even to this day, name this war that occurred from 1861-1865 differently. I call it the "Civil War", remaining true to my New York (Northern United States) roots. There is a very nice discussion of the different naming of this war online.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention another link in the blog post I am discussing, a very nice discussion of some of the treasures (treasures of history, that is) recovered from the Hunley, that are not normally shown to the public. One of these treasures mentions a battle in Tennessee whose anniversary is coming up next month. A terrible battle - and one that I will blog about in the coming weeks.
Note, starting Monday, I will be taking time off here and there so I hope you enjoy my "best of AM" posts.