ODS Lecture: Irish Soldiers, American Wars - From Appomattox to Wound Knee.

Old Drogheda Society
The next lecture in the Old Drogheda Society Winter Lecture Series, will take place on Wednesday March 18th in the Governor's House, Millmount, Drogheda, when Ian Kenneally will speak on Irish Soldiers, American Wars - From Appomattox to Wound Knee.

This talk begins at the very end of the American Civil War and covers the period 1865-1890. We will discuss the involvement of Irish-born soldiers in battles across the North American continent during those years, covering the Plains Wars against the Native Americans and detailing such iconic events as the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. That battle sealed the fate of one man, George Armstrong Custer, and the hundreds of men who died under his command.  In this talk, Ian will look at some of the Irish who fought and died on that faithful day. The talk ends with a discussion of the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890 and will highlight the complexities of life in 19th century America and the important role of Irish soldiers in those remarkable times.

Ian Kenneally is currently a doctoral student at NUI Galway. His publications include ‘The Paper Wall: Newspapers and Propaganda in Ireland, 1919-1921’, ‘From the Earth, a Cry: The Story of John Boyle O’Reilly’, and ‘Courage and Conflict: Forgotten Stories of the Irish at War’.
Ian recently wrote and produced a radio documentary, in conjunction with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, on the life of John Boyle O’Reilly. 

There will be a bookstall on the night and the event and everyone is welcome.    

Old Drogheda Society - History, Archaeology & Heritage, Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

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