The Civil War "Irish Brigade" Shirt
Historical Background Behind the Design
Historical Background Behind the Design
What became known as the Irish Brigade was formed almost entirely by Irish-Americans from five units: The 63rd, 69th and 88th New York Infantry Regiments, and eventually the 116th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment and the 28th Massachusetts Voluntary Infantry, a group famous for yelling “Faugh a Ballagh,” a Gaelic battle cry meaning “clear the way.”
In September 1862, the Irish Brigade helped lead the pursuit of the Confederate rebels in the bloody Battle of Antietam. While heavy casualties were claimed on both sides, the Union was able to force Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to abandon his invasion of the north, retreating back to Virginia.
The Irish Brigade unfortunately also took part in the doomed Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862, where it lost two-thirds of its forces in a resounding Confederate victory. But despite those losses, the men weren’t too tired to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
According to a website dedicated to the 28th Massachusetts, the men kept up their “boisterous, rollicking” traditions, including a Grand Irish Steeple Chase, which attracted the attention of the whole army at their camp, as well as several traveling reporters. According to the website, Col. St. Clair Mulholland, of the 116th Pennsylvania, recalled the festivities, saying, “This time-honored national anniversary was observed with all the exhaustless spirit and enthusiasm of Irish nature."
The Irish Brigade’s forces also played prominently in July 1863 during the second day of the decisive Battle of Gettysburg. The group fended off rebels who were set to overwhelm the entire Union position.
Gettysburg was largely considered the turning point in the Civil War, as well as for the Irish Brigade. By then the brigade had lost the majority of its remaining soldiers. Irish-American support for the war began to wane, too.
The Irish Brigade fought several more campaigns in the south after Gettysburg, but it officially disbanded in June 1864 due to heavy losses among the troops.
Source: US Department of Defense
Our exclusive design recognizes the "Irish Brigade's" contribution during the Civil War. In stock and shipping now.
The shirt: Your choice of fabrics and colors:
Army green — 100% cotton. Grown, knitted, dyed, and sewn in the USA. 5.4 oz. Sizes: S - 4X. See size chart. If you want a thick t-shirt, get this one.
Note: We suggest ordering one size larger than you normally wear. (This shirt runs small.)
Forest green — Our standard 4.3 oz. poly-cotton shirt that gets rave reviews for being so soft. It is very high-quality and long-wearing. It's also our thinnest and lightest. Lots of people love them, which you can see in the reviews, but if you judge t-shirt quality based on weight or thickness, do not get this one. Instead, get the 100% cotton shirt above. If you're looking for our softest shirt, the one people rave about, this is the one. Sizes: S - 3X. See size chart.
- Vintage green — 100% heavyweight cotton shirt. Vintage look; no two are exactly alike. Imported. 5.3 oz. Sizes: S - 3X.
Note that the $3 price difference for the 100% cotton Made in the USA shirt is our higher wholesale cost; there is no additional margin.
This design is also available in a double knit bomber jacket with your name, crewneck sweatshirt, women's v-neck shirt, small poster, bookmark, a magnet, a sticker with the same design, and "The Irish Brigade" sticker.
Also available, The Civil War "Iron Brigade" Shirt.
Thanks to Mark, Ben, and History Dame for the photos.
Design © 2018 Larry Stuart Studio.
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New shirt honoring the Irish Volunteers
Very nice product that I have a personal connection to. I believe the size chart for the 3x poly-cotton T may be off by an inch (25.5 and not 24.5). I highly recommend these shirts.
Ordered this shirt for my husband for Father's Day. After I ordered and received a confirmation, I noticed there was an issue with sizing. I immediately contacted customer care and the response was quick and definitely customer friendly. They emailed me a return label and said when they received the returned shirt, they would ship the shirt in the correct size. When I requested they go ahead and ship the correct size so I would have it for Father's Day, they made the exception and shipped it immediately and it arrived on Friday before Father's Day. Delighted with such great customer service. The shirt fabric is high quality and the colors on the print are vibrant. Husband who is a big Civil War buff will love it.
Exactly as described and so soft. My husband loved it and wore it right away!
The shirt is high quality. I love the design. Delivery was timely. 👍
The color,the fit,the feel, and the great graphics front and back make this an exceptional buy.Love it.
Highly recommend the poly-cotton and the hoodies! Great conversation pieces! Huge Civil War buff, looking forward to more.
Looks really good, nice fit and arrived on time. I will purchase form them again.
Proud to wear this shirt and represent my ancestors. Fits great, feels great, looks great,