The 1861 Project - Volume 2
From the Famine to The Front
A New Collection of Musical Stories about the Irish Experience of the US Civil War
Generations of Irish immigrants played an integral role in the American Civl War, often drafted into the Union army right off the famine ships.
Some of the new arrivals were offered citizenship and immediately conscripted. Others volunteered to join up, some to prove that they were worthy citizens and others because they believed in the American ideal of liberty for all. Still others enlisted to gain the military experience they would need to free their home country from the British after the American war was over. The Southern planters reminded them of the hated aristocrats and land owners in Ireland.
On the Southern side were Scots/Irish immigrants who had come to the US in the early 18th century and carved out a living for themselves on the Western side of the Appalachian mountains. They had no use for a centralized government in Washington which reminded them of the British rule in Ireland. Others, like Cleburne, fled the potato famine and wanted nothing more than to blend in wherever they lived, in his case Arkansas.
As a result, the American conflict of brother against brother turned into a war of Irish against Irish in one of the many brutal ironies of history.
There are so many compelling stories here, all brought to vivid life in the songs of The 1861 Project, Volume 2.
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Stonewall Of The West
©2012 John Hadley/Thomm Jutz/Peter Cronin
he saved the day at ringgold gap
with just four thousand men
he fought them off against all odds
and lived to fight again
now on the porch at Carnton
a lead ball in his chest
lies Patrick Ronayne Cleburne
the stonewall of the west
in the company of southern belles
he was reserved and shy
but come time to go to battle
the war was in his eyes
just a boy from county cork
he sailed across the sea
dreaming of America
he died in Tennessee
now to the east across the ocean
lies ireland far away
to the south his love lies weeping
looking out on mobile bay
up north they're cheering victory
soon he'll be laid to rest
Patrick Ronayne Cleburne
the stonewall of the west
The 1861 Project - Volume 2 will ship on September 25, 2012. To order a copy today, visit our online store. What's that you say, you don't already have Volume 1? No problem, in our store you'll find an option to order Volume 2, get a download of Volume 1, and get both CDs in the mail when Volume 2 ships in September.