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Hi, I’m Brian K. Gallagher.  And I might guess you are a Civil War history enthusiast.. like myself.  Since we were kids..I was 8 at the time of the Gettysburg Centennial way back in 1963 .. living in Queens,NYC….my family have always had a sincere interest in the wars that the USA has fought..and the people involved in those desperate and historic times.

We talked about WWII ( “The Big One”) like is was yesterday..because to us kids than..it was. Our fathers were all heroes coming back..whether they served overseas or not. To us .. they fought the great cause.

My dad Cornelius J. Gallagher was an Army MP guarding Germans down South. He use to say he did not fight WWII..that he fought the Civil War because even than there was such a division between the Northern “Yanks” and the “good ole” Southern boys! He had a few stories to tell of their “skirmishes” in camp.

My maternal grandfather Leo J. Howrigan .. a country boy from the dairy farms of Vermont..fought WWI..as an artilleryman . We still have a photo of grandpa..circa 1917 when he was in France.

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Marine Sgt. Raymond J.Howrigan

Our Vermont cousin Marine Sgt. Raymond J. Howrigan would also fight WWII but with the Marines, 4th Div. in the Pacific theater. He would be wounded on the island of Saipan in the summer 1944, and would recuperate from his wounds back at the base of the 4th Marine Division at Camp Maui, Ha‘iku, Maui, Hawaii.  Raymond would  return to his Marine unit..and go in once more to ‘finish the job’. This time the costly but necessary invasion of Iwo Jima.

Young Sgt. Raymond ( 22 yrs old ) would tragically be killed on “Iwo” February 21,1945 along with so many other brave young Marines.  His name remembered with honor at family gatherings, added to the long list of young men and women who would give ‘the last full measure’ for family, honor and America’s freedom.

( A brief of the Fourth Marines at Camp Maui and later Battles ..WWII by Robert T. Young )

I have had the family privilege to stand by young Sgt. Raymonds gravesite in Vermont, along with his brothers. They were faith based old fellas now.. farmers.. family men.. but brothers who continued to honor their young Sgt. these many decades later.

‘Forever young’ one brother whispered as he quietly gazed down upon Raymond’s grave marker..’Forever young’.

Additionally we had my three uncles who also fought in The Pacific Theater of WWII..and like most men of that era .. were often saddened by the memories and simply preferred not to talk about their experiences.

 

Gallagher and The Cavalryman at Gettysburg

But The Civil War we always returned to. To think of so many men and boys leaving their homes from North and South to assist in a struggle .. that carried so many hardships that they did not see coming.

All Americans..4 long years of   bloodshed and sacrifice, Americans killing Americans.The Surrender at Appomattox must have been a surreal dream for most..especially Abraham Lincoln who as the war president..basically gave the best and final years of his life to keep the Union together.

Secretary of War Edwin Stanton was for that moment brilliant.. when he muttered those historic words the morning Abraham Lincoln finally stopped breathing..and died at 7:22am .. April 15, 1865. “Now He Belongs .. To The Ages.”

Note: The Civil War killed approx. 620,000 Americans..when at the time of the 1860 census .. the population was 31,000,000.  Our population today is ten times that at 310,000,000. Just imagine losing 6.2 million men in four years..or about 1.5 million men a year. We were a nation of suffering.

 

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I hope you enjoy our site .. and contact me if you have any questions about books, the War, or just an opinion regarding those years. I enjoy meeting other Civil War buffs .. God bless us..North and South !

Neil at Gettysburg

Neil with “Irish Brigade” Wolfhound..”Gentle When Stroked..Fierce When Provoked.”

My best regards and thanks to my brother Neil Brendan Gallagher for his lifelong interest in the American Civil War as well as our American Revolution and military history in general … and the sharing of his opinion and knowledge of those historic times. One of my favorite pastimes is mulling over a Civil War subject with him, with books in hand.  Here is Neil above with the “Irish Brigade” Wolfhound at Gettysburg. Slainte brother. Thanks for our trips together..Gettysburg, Antietam, Harpers Ferry, Monocacy, Frederick, Winchester …


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Neil on the left during the re-creation of the 1864 “St. Albans Raid”.

 

Here is a favorite of mine, a photo of brother Neil when they re-created the historic St. Albans Raid of October 19, 1864.

Neil is on the viewers left wearing the gray slouch hat. The pistol he has holstered cross draw is an authentic .44 Remington from the era.

 

 


 

 

” We walked sunken roads .. and touched sleeping stone walls .. hearing far distant drums .. and the dead buglers calls .. Some tears for the boys .. than a cheer for the men .. let us meet while we live .. and do it once more again.” Thank you Neil

My thanks to my adult kids Brian K.Gallagher Jr., Morgan D.Gallagher, Christina M.Gallagher, and Brandon J.Gallagher for their allowing Dad to show them the Gettysburg Battlefield some years ago. Their appreciation of military history was often a topic of many discussions.  Love you

…and thank you Corinne for your patience and love. XO

 

 

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  1. Brian,
    Just saw this reply…been traveling,and it slipped past me! But I’m able now to sit down and enjoy a few blogs this morning, including yours.
    Thanks for the note and the kind words. I’m honored you enjoyed the music. I certainly had a fine time researching it all and then recording the songs. I perform the CD now in theaters as an evening of lecture and music and am having way too much fun.
    Thanks again,
    Clark

  2. Hi Clark,

    Many thanks. Great site you have by the way. You are a very talented musician and I feel are channeling the spirit of the Civil War soldier with your fine music and lyrics that seem to show your knowledge of the history and facts. Planning to include a link to your site for our fellow CW history folk to follow. Be well Clark. Gallagher

  3. Neil,
    Great site with a fine list of books and movies.
    How about checking out my CD of original songs tracing the arc of the Civil War? I think you’ll like it and the accompany educational website at civilwarsong.com.
    Thanks,
    Clark

  4. Please check out my new book on R.E. Lee photographs,Robert E. Lee in War and Peace, the Photographic History of a Confederate and Southern Icon. It was just released 1 Oct and pre publication reviews and other info can be found on Amazon and at the Savas-Beatie site. Thanks for your consideration, Don Hopkins MD, Gulfport,MS

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