Damian Shiels over at Irish in the American Civil War has a nice little article on the men Fort McMahon and Fort Patrick Kelly, two works on the Union lines at the Siege of Petersburg, were named after. Patrick Kelly was of course the famous commander of the Irish Brigade, killed on June 16, 1864 during the Second Battle of Petersburg at the head of his men. Colonel James P. McMahon of the 164th New York, perhaps less well known, was killed at Cold Harbor on June 3, 1864. Go take a look…
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