Irish at Gettysburg, Pickett’s Charge – George M Cohan – Henry Grattan

July 3: TODAY in Irish History:

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Anthony McDermott 69th Pa

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1746: Henry Grattan

Henry Grattan 1746-1820

Birth of Irish statesman and parliamentarian Henry Grattan. Grattan was member of the Patriot Movement that won legislative independence for Ireland in 1782.

He said “I found Ireland on her knees, I watched over her with a paternal solicitude; I have traced her progress from injuries to arms, and from arms to liberty. Spirit of Swift! Spirit of Molyneux! Your genius has prevailed! Ireland is now a nation! In that new character I hail her! And bowing to her august presence, I say, Esto perpetua (May it be forever)” It was not to be forever. The 1800 Act of Union abolished the Irish Parliament. On the demise of the Irish Parliament, he said to a friend, “I sat by its cradle and followed its hearse.”

Henry Grattan (in red) addressing Irish House of Commons. Painting by Francis Wheatley





1863: Irish at Gettysburg – Pickett’s Charge – Day 3

At Gettysburg on day 3, “About noon a stillness reigned that was deathlike and unusual at such a time,” Anthony McDermott of the 69th Pa Irish Volunteers later wrote.

“An anxious look could plainly be seen on the faces of the men, and feelings of mingled dread and determination pervaded the minds of all — a harbinger of the coming storm that was to cover the fields with so much blood… It was the presage of that storm of artillery missiles unprecedented in field battles for the number of guns and the fury of its metallic hail. At one o’clock the stillness was broken by the discharge of one gun from the enemy’s lines ……….. “ A Brief History of the 69th Regiment Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers by Adjutant Anthony McDermott.

Pickett’s Charge had begun and the 69th Pa would suffer dreadful losses. 151 of the 258 who started the day would be killed, wounded or captured. Colonel Dennis O’Kane from Coleraine was one of those mortally wounded.

Anthony McDermott 69th Pa

READ: A brief history of the 69th regiment Pennsylvania by Anthony McDermott




1878: Legendary song and dance man George M. Cohan is born in Providence Rhode Island to Irish Catholic parents. His catalogue of songs include Give My Regards to Broadway, Yankee Doodle Boy and Over There.

George M. Cohan 1878-1942

Appropriately, Irish American Jimmy Cagney played Cohan in the 1942 movie Yankee Doodle Dandy





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