The Civil War, Day by Day

Raise the Colors and Follow Me


The Battle of Antietam

Leading the way was General Thomas Francis Meagher and his “Irish Brigade,” composed of immigrants and displaced Irish nationals. Brave and reckless, Meagher’s Irishmen surged toward a sunken road on the Piper Farm that was ablaze with Confederate muskets. The green flag of the 69th was riddled with holes. Eight color bearers had already fallen and the Irish green was trailing in the dust. Then Meagher cried out, “Boys, raise the colors and follow me!” Within minutes, the brigade suffered a staggering 60 percent loss, many of the men dying for a country which they had not yet had time enough to know.




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