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Subject: Re: Irish and Civil War
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 20:27:46 GMT
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: Hello all. Does anyone know if Irish Immigrants were promised U.S.
: citizenship if they fought in the Civil War? I had a GGGrandfather from CT,
: who fought & died in the war, & left 3 children and a widow. Wondering if
: there were other motivations besides belief in the cause....Thanks.

At the time of the Civil War, you had to be resident in the US for five
years before you could apply for citzienship. However, if you served 3
years in the Union forces you could become a citizen. For some men there
was another motivation. They came to the US to fight for one side or the
other in order to gain experience in military skills which they could then
take back home to Ireland and put to use in gaining independence for their
own country.


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