Irish in the American Civil War Remembers Patrick Kelly and James P. McMahon


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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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JoEllen McMahon January 19, 2013 at 9:36 pm

My 3rd Great Grandfather from Co Clare was in War Dept after the Civil War. He joined Irish Brigade in NY. Wife’s name is Ellen.

Michael Corrigan April 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

I have a new book out called Mulligan which is about an Irish freedom fighter and Union cavalry officer in the Civil War. I hope the book finds an audience.

Michael Corrigan

bschulte April 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm


Did Mulligan fight at the Siege of Petersburg?


Michael Corrigan August 10, 2013 at 2:29 pm

No. In the novel, Mulligan, he fights at the first battle of Bull Run, Gettysburg and Cold Harbor.
He’s captured by Jeb Stuart’s troop just before the battle at Hanover.

Steve Clark March 26, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Both James and John McMahon (along with their brother General Martin McMahon) are my 1st cousins 3x removed. If anyone has any information about the McMahon family, please e-mail me ( as I would love to know more about them. Thanks!

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