8 thoughts on “What They Gave Here

  1. Bob Nelson September 1, 2013 / 7:18 pm

    Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing. Letters/stories such as this bring the Civil War home to me in a way that no other discussions/conversations possibly can. Poignant and moving. Much more so, I believe, than “Who was the best/worst general?” or “Was secession legal/illegal?” or “What about that darn tariff?” I believe I have written you before to mention that I visited Shiloh some years ago and followed the steps of my g-g-uncle, Conrad Meinert, who fought there with the 46th Illinois. Such makes it personal.

  2. lenastorheim September 1, 2013 / 7:19 pm

    Very moving…

    Kristen Schroeder Konate 804.447.5119

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  3. Patrick Young September 1, 2013 / 8:04 pm

    Damian Shiels does a great job from thousands of miles away from the nearest Civil War battlefield.

  4. Damian Shiels September 2, 2013 / 12:27 am

    Hi Brooks,

    Many thanks (both for reading the post and for sharing it) I really appreciate it. It is an extremely powerful letter. William Duffie clearly went to a lot of trouble with it- he is a man I would love to find out more about.
    Quite right about Cherbourg too- one of the Kearsarge’s Medal of Honor recipients Michael Ahern was illegally recruited only a few kilometres away from where I am sitting!

    Kind Regards,


    • Patrick Young September 2, 2013 / 7:06 am

      For anyone who has not read it, Damian’s blog Irish in the American Civil War presents excellent research on the subject.

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