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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 11:53 a.m. PST

…from the Phoenix Brigade, Elmira Confederate Prison.

"Many Irish Fenians enlisted in the Union cause during the course of the American Civil War, seeking to gain military experience in advance of a hoped for military confrontation with the British. None had closer ties to the Fenian cause than the Phoenix Brigade, which entered service as the 99th New York State National Guard in 1864. These men were posted north to guard Confederate prisoners at Camp Chemung, better known as Elmira. Their experiences were recorded by a Fenian writing under the pen name "Eleven Times Nine" and were published in the New York Irish-American Weekly. They are reproduced in full below…"
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