Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has issued an official order proclaiming December 13, 2011 as 28th Massachusetts Irish Volunteers Day, in honor of the all-Irish volunteer who enlisted in the American Civil War and mustered into service on December 13, 1861.
"Roughly one-quarter of the 1,746 men who served in the 28th Massachusetts unit were killed, died orf wounds or disease, were taken prison or reported missing," the proclamation notes.
In 1984, a group of Civil War enthusiasts and Irish-Americans formed a re-enactors group for the 28th Massachusetts Regiment, and have kept the story of the famous regiment alive through education and public events. To find out more about the re-enactors group, click here.
The other Irish volunteer group from Massachusetts was the 9th Irish Regiment, commanded by Colonel Thomas Cass.
For more about Irish heritage in Massachusetts, visit IrishHeritageTrail.com. For cultural events visit IrishMassachusetts.com. For Civil War resources and commemorative events in Massachusetts, click here.
For tourist information in Massachusetts visit MassVacation.com.