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By Patrick R. Guiney

Christian Samito writes in his advent: In studying Guiney's phrases, you possibly can have a fuller appreciation of what influenced civilians to volunteer to struggle a battle and of the privations they suffered in carrier to their country.These are the gathered Civil warfare letters of Patrick Robert Guiney, an Irish immigrant from state Tipperary who relocated to Boston, Massachusetts. while the Civil conflict broke out, Guiney volunteered to safeguard the Union and, fast rose from First Lieutenant to Colonel, to command the 9th Massachusetts regiment. A fervent supporter of Lincoln and passionately against slavery, Guiney felt that, in his provider to his new kingdom, he used to be doing his half to achieve freedom for the slaves. Being politically outspoken, Guiney was once frequently criticized for his perspectives through different Irish-Americans. His letters demonstrate not just the reviews and techniques of an Irish Catholic soldier, but in addition the hidden tensions inside of his immigrant neighborhood. His perspectives and observations not just light up his own independence of idea, but additionally the political panorama which he attempted to enhance.

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The state's Know-Nothing governor, Henry Gardner, proposed a twenty-one-year period following naturalization before newcomers could receive suffrage. The legislature adopted 30 Hernon, Celts, Catholics & Copperheads, p. 66. 31 Rice, American Catholic Opinion in the Slavery Controversy, p. 114. 32 The Pilot, September 23, 1839. 33 Hernon, Celts, Catholics & Copperheads, p. 59. Ryan, Beyond the Ballot Box, p. 130. Rice, American Catholic Opinion in the Slavery Controversy2 pp. 78, 93, 95, 109. The Pilot, May 31, 1856, quoted in Rice, p.

Among the underprivileged as a youth, Guiney had achieved a measure of success and wealth which eluded most Irish-Americans. "57 Guiney's status as an educated lawyer gave him job security, and no reason to fear the emancipation of the slaves. The coupling of his intellectual enlightenment and his economic condition directly resulted in Guiney's political views. 58 Another complication came from the intrigues of officers and outsiders seeking to control advancement within the regiment, something which greatly bothered Guiney.

The Pilot, April 4, 1863. " 44 Hernon, Celts, Catholics & Copperheads, p. 19. 45 The Pilot, October 4, 1862; December 13, 1862; January 17, 1863; May 30, 1863; September 19, 1863. Irish American, January 10, 1863, quoted in Gibson, The Attitudes of the New York Irish, pp. 142-43. Page xxvi The Pilot supported Major General George B. McClellan as the Democratic candidate for President in 1864. According to the paper, Lincoln was alternately a "boob" or a cunning Mephistopheles. Only if the Democrats captured the White House could the restoration of the Union be achieved, as they would not be vindictive in accepting the South's return.

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