The Last Union Irish Veterans of the American Civil War

Fascinating look at some Irish men who served in the Union army during the American Civil War.

Irish in the American Civil War

The site has previously looked at Limerick man Jeremiah O’Brien, the last known Irish veteran of the American Civil War who died in 1950. He had served as a Confederate, but many thousands of Irishmen who served the Union also lived into the Twentieth century. I have spent some time looking for candidates for the last Irishmen alive who fought under the star-spangled banner. Here are six such Irishmen who lived into the late 1930s and 1940s. There undoubtedly remain many more to be found. 

Michael Broderick, 49th Massachusetts Infantry. Died 29th April 1936, Lenox, Massachusetts.

Michael was born in Ireland on 4th April 1839, emigrating to the United States with his parents John and Mary when he was a year old. He spent his entire life in Lenox, and at age thirteen went to work for the Sears family farm. He spent ten years there before enlisting in the…

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