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The Stamford Historical Society Presents

Stamford's Civil War: At Home and in the Field
a 2003 Exhibit and more

The Civil War in The Field: Stamford's Irish Volunteers

The Civil War provided an opportunity for recent Irish immigrants to demonstrate their love for their adopted country by volunteering to serve. Virtually all of the Irishmen who joined Connecticut Volunteer Regiments from Stamford were mustered in as Privates and few rose above that rank. Others served as substitutes for wealthy individuals who could afford to pay another to go in their places. A small number of Irishmen, such as William Fagan of the 1st Regiment Heavy Artillery rose to the rank of Corporal.

Roughly 10% of all the men from Stamford to enlist were Irish.

Irish surnames that figure on the rolls of the volunteer soldiers include
Bohan (6th)
Boyd (28th)
Burke (1st Heavy Art.)
Burns (17th)
Burns (6th)
Carey (6th)
Carroll (10th)
Carroll (1st Heavy Art.)
Collins (17th)
Collins (5th)
Collins (9th)
Conlan (3rd)
Conly (28th)
Connelly (9th)
Corris (10th)
Delaney (3rd)
Egan (17th)
Fagan (1st Heavy Art.)
Farrell (11th)
Farrell (17th)
Fitzpatrick (17th)
Foley (11th)
Gagan (28th)
Gillepsie (17th)
Grady (8th)
Graham (17th)
Hennessey (17th)
Hoovey (6th)
Kelley (11th)
Kelley (3rd)
Kelly (17th)
Kennedy (17th)
Lowney (28th)
Macrea (17th)
Mahan (17th)
McCabe (12th)
McCue (11th)
McNamara (11th)
Meran (6th)
Morrell (17th)
Morris (8th)
Mulholland (1st Heavy Art.)
Murphey (3rd)
O’Brien (28th)
O’Brien (2nd)
O’Brien (6th)
O’Reilly (1st Heavy Art.)
Paight (3rd)
Quigley (17th)
Rairden (2nd)
Ross (14th)
Runey (3rd)
Sullivan (1st Heavy Art.)
Tearney (14th)
Welsh (20th)
Welsh (5th)
Whaley (10th)
Whaley (17th)


Introduction to Exhibition
A Virtual Tour through the Exhibit
Reenactors at the Opening
Civil War Timeline
Maps from the Exhibit
Picturesque Stamford, 1892 – Chapter on Civil War
Regimental Histories
Casualties and Causes of Death
Casualties, All Regiments
Soldiers' Biographies
Stamford Irish Volunteers
The Home Front: Biographies of Citizens
The Diaries of Noah W. Hoyt (Record Group 16)
The Diaries of Noah W. Hoyt: Timeline
The Diaries of Noah W. Hoyt: Excerpts
The Sanitary Commission
The Stamford Ladies Soldiers' Aid Society
The Civil War changed funeral custom
Bibliography and Recommended Readings
Civil War in Connecticut/Stamford on the Internet
Civil War Books
Civil War Roundtable of Fairfield County