Archive for November 20th, 2011

November 20,

Today in Irish History: Union General Patrick Henry Jones. Irish Fusiliers at Cambrai.

TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

1830: Patrick Henry Jones who attained the rank of Brigadier General in the Union army during the civil war is born in County Westmeath.

Patrick Henry Jones

Patrick Henry Jones

Jones was involved in the Chattanooga and Knoxville campaigns and was one of 12 Irish born to achieve the rank of general in the civil war.

After the civil war, he resume his law practice and appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant as postmaster of New York City in 1869.

1917:The first great tank battle in history takes place at Cambrai when 476 British tanks launch a surprise attack on the German front. The Royal Irish Fusiliers played a prominent support role in this battle.

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at Cambrai

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at Cambrai

1962: President Kennedy issues Executive Order 11063 mandating an end to discrimination in housing prohibited federally funded housing agencies from denying housing to anyone based on their race, color, creed or national origin.

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