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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Boston and New York National Guard Units Share an Irish Roots Dating to the American Civil War




National Guard army regiments in New York and Massachusetts have maintained a comaraderie over the decades based on their beginnings as Irish immigrant regiments.

The 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Regiment of New York and the 1st Battalion 182nd Infantry Regiment of Massachusetts first fought together during the American Civil War, said Lt. Col. Thomas Steward, Battalion Commander of the Massachusetts regiment.

The regiments maintain their friendship through a friendly competition that takes place annually at Fort Devens in Massachusetts.  It's called the Logan-Duffy Rifle Match. The competition is named after General Lawrence J. Logan and General Edward Duffy, the Commander of their respective Regiments during the Spanish American War.

Read about the match in 2018.

General Logan's son was Edward L. Logan, for whom Logan International Airport is named.

For more about Boston Irish history, visit IrishHeritageTrail.com.

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