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The Civil War "Irish Brigade" Shirt

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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 namecrewneck sweatshirt, women's v-neck shirt, small posterbookmarkmagnetsticker 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.


For shipments to addresses within the U.S. (scroll down for International shipping) 

Flat-rate shipping: Regardless of the number of items you order, the shipping price for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, and button packs is $5.95.

For hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets, the shipping cost is $8.95. 

Our flat rate shipping means you can add two or more t-shirts, sweatshirts, or caps for no additional shipping charge.

Note that some large or heavy items, including larger framed prints, may have a different shipping charge or a shipping surcharge. When they do, it will be noted on the product page.



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We ship most orders via USPS, so if the post office is closed, we won't be shipping orders that day.

If you need to receive your order by a certain date, such as to give as a gift or have for a trip, we recommend ordering at least two weeks in advance, especially if you are using USPS shipping. 

If you're looking for reliable, on-time deliveries, we strongly suggest upgrading to "UPS 3 Business Day Select Shipping."

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      • On stickers, magnets, decals, patches, static clings, and individual button pins.

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      • $5.95 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.

        Regardless of the number of items you order, the shipping price is still fixed at $5.95. Our flat rate shipping means you can add another t-shirt, cap, or book for no additional shipping charge.

      • $8.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

    We strongly recommend using UPS, especially in November and December.

      UPS 3 Business Day Select 

      Note: UPS 3 Business Day select is not available for addresses in Hawaii and Alaska. If UPS is selected for Hawaii or Alaska, the order will be shipped UPS Ground.

      Cut off time: Orders received by 3 pm Eastern will ship the same business day.  Applies to in-stock items that do not require personalization or signing.
        UPS's normal (non-holiday) delivery guarantee is by the end of the third business day, and this includes delivery on Saturday.  This applies to the 48 contiguous states. 
          • $14.95 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.

          • $18.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

          • If the actual shipping cost is significantly higher than what we’re charging, we will contact you to discuss alternatives.

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        We only ship to locations that are served by US Postal Service International Service.


        • Canada and Mexico

          • $18.00 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.
          • $24.00 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

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          • Rates starts at $65.00.

        Additional charges for all destinations

        Some large, heavy items may have an additional shipping charge.  If that's the case, it will be noted on the product page.

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          Customer Reviews

          Based on 220 reviews
          Awesome shirt

          Really great product. The American made shirt is really awesome quality. Thicker than normal cotton t-shirt. Shipping from history list was faster than I thought as well. I am definitely going to make a few more purchases.

          Ronald S.
          High Quality

          Very satisfied customer …the purchased t shirt is very high quality with size and fit excellent.

          Irish brigade

          It was exactly as desired and as usual very comfortable

          John S.
          Irish Brigade shirt

          Comfortable shirt, one of my family member was a member of the Irish Brigade who fought for the South. Southern Pride

          chris j.
          Irish Brigade Shirt

          Shirt had great graphics and feels so soft. Lots of compliments.

          Great Quality!

          A great shirt, well made and so soft!

          Love the “Irish Brigade” T’s.

          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.

          Barbra A.
          Quality shirt, great customer service

          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.