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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

June 22, 1861

Irish Citizens in Georgia Supported Southern Independence

The Richmond Times Dispatch carried a story on the Irish citizens of Georgia joining in the fight for Southern independence.

The Irish citizens of Georgia. The Atlanta Intelligencer, publishing lately an appeal from Col. O. A. Lochrane, remarked: The Irishman is noted all the world over for his love of liberty, generous and patriotic ardor, and his high sense of right, justice and honor. Our Irish fellow-citizens all over the South are responding nobly to the call of our Government. We understand that it is the purpose of Col. Lochrane to raise a regiment of Irishmen in Georgia to meet Col. Meagner’s Irish Volunteers, who have joined Lincoln for the purpose of killing and subjugating our people.