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February 16, 2011

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The Irish Brigade at Malvern Hill

Bradley Schmehl

This is the fifth and final in a series of Civil War prints depicting the famed Irish Brigade in battle and at rest during the conflict that raged between 1861 and ’65. Artist Bradley Schmehl began the series with a battle scene, Captain Clooney’s ill-fated charge at the battle of Antietam, and in this final work he concludes with a head-to-head confrontation at Malvern Hill, a battle in Virginia that was fought on July 1, 1862. The scene takes place at the end of a grueling day with the Irish Brigade’s 88th and 69th regiments slugging it out with the 10th Louisiana, itself a largely Irish unit. The Northern Irish eventually prevailed and Private Peter Rafferty of the 69th won the Irish Brigade’s second Medal of Honor. Available from Green Flag Productions, Box 471, Williamsburg, VA 23185; phone 1-800-739-6464 or at greenflag@widomaker.com.


John McCorkell

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On a summer’s day in 1815, the year of Waterloo, a 430-ton sailing ship named the "Marcus Hill" spread its canvas and made way up Lough Foyle for the waters of the Atlantic beyond. Thirty years before the Famine, the McCorkell Line was now ferrying hopeful Irish emigrants from Derry to the new world, both Canada and the United States. For the next 82 years, ships owned by the McCorkells — who had fled Scotland after backing the ill-fated Bonnie Prince Charlie — would cross the Atlantic with tens of thousands of Irish men and women on board. Such was the comfort, speed and relative safety of the McCorkell line vessels that they were never classified as coffin ships, even at the height of the Great Hunger. Ships such as the "Mohongo" and "Minnehaha," sailed between Derry and ports such as Quebec, Saint John, New York, Baltimore and, in particular, Philadelphia, right up to 1897. The "Minnehaha" was widely known at the time as the "Green Yacht from Derry." The McCorkell ships were all recorded on canvas and have now been reproduced in lithograph, print and postcard from by John McCorkell, a direct descendant of the line’s founder, William McCorkell. For details, contact the McCorkell Line, PO Box 41, Dungannon BT71 7BJ, Northern Ireland or you can view the reproductions at www.mccorkellline.com.


The Story Of The Irish Abroad

Patrick Bishop

Patrick Bishop is a veteran British journalist with Irish family roots, so he is immediately qualified on two fronts: He knows about empires and he knows about the Irish. He joins the two together in this richly illustrated treatment of a story that, though often told, never grows old. In his introduction, Bishop writes that the story of the Irish and their place in the broader world is of one of the great triumphs of the human spirit. It is not just the story of a dispersal of a people around the globe, but also of the spread of "Irishness," with them, a cultural phenomenon that has left a lasting mark on a number of nations, not least the United States. Bishop in a former Ireland Correspondent for the Observer newspaper and the author of "The Provisional IRA." He is currently associate editor of the Daily Telegraph in London. Published by Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St. Martin’s Press. 192 PP. $24.95.

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