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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Civil War Lecture on the Irish Fighting Ninth Regiment at the Boston Public Library on Wednesday, November 16

Ninth Regiment Flag, in the Flag Display at the Massachusetts State House

Author and historian Christian Samito is giving a lecture entitled The Fighting Ninth Massachusetts Regiment at the Boston Public Library on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Mr. Samito is author of Commanding Boston's Irish Ninth: The Civil War Letters of  Patrick R. Guiney. and Becoming American Under Fire.

The 9th Regiment was organized in June 1861 shortly after the war broke out and was composed mainly of Irish immigrants and Irish-Americans.   Colonel Thomas Cass was the leader of the regiment.

The lecture is part of the Boston Public Library's ongoing series of exhibits and lectures to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

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