The Civil War’s Valiant Irish
James Francis Smith
Book Three of The Irish-American Story
Copyright 2012 James Francis Smith
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My heartfelt thanks go first to my wife, Betty, who put up with my constant telling and retelling my scribing. Next, thanks to my children, Joseph Connell Smith and Mary Eileen Barr who also listened to my mumbling. Gratitude for the book’s historical accuracy is owed to my son-in-law, Tom Barr, and the Civil War books he contributed, particularly the one written by the West Point Cadets. Steve McCoy, a Civil War buff, lent me books published before my father was born, and a special thanks to Nora Judy, who not only provided a trove of Civil War books, but also shared tales of her childhood in Ireland. I can’t escape without acknowledging the nation’s best editor, Rob Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Tacoma Writers of the Roundtable. Should you find inaccuracies in my portrayal, the fault lies with the author.