"Do Your Duty, Boys"
Brigadier General Thomas Francis Meagher and the 69th New York Volunteer Infantry
Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862
by D.J. NEARY
THE FIRST RAYS OF LIGHT FILTER through the early morning fog revealing ranks of men in blue drawn up along Water Street near the Fredericksburg city wharf. Columns of smoke rise from the burning town and the rumble of cannon from the heights west of the city combines the crash of shells to mark the dawn of a day of battle. It is December 13, 1862 and the soldiers of the Army of the Potomac's famed Irish Brigade ready themselves to storm the Confederate entrenchments of Marye's Heights. Lacking their war-torn Irish banners, sent home for replacement, the men placed sprigs of boxwood in their caps to mark them with the green badge of Erin. Riding down the line of the 69th New York is their commander, the former Irish revolutionary Brigadier General Thomas Francis Meagher"Meagher of the Sword"accompanied by Division Commander Winfield Scott Hancock. Cheer after cheer echoes through the streets "each man...aware of the great and terrible work before him."
THE PRINT DEPICTS IRISH BRIGADE commander General Thomas Francis Meagher being cheered by the officers and men of the 69th New York Regiment on the streets of Fredericksburg the morning of December 13, 1862 prior to their fateful charg up Marye's Heights. Also in this print are General Hancock, Colonel Nugent, Captain Donovan, 69th Chaplain Father Willett (OUELLET), Major Cavanaugh, and Lieutenant Rorty. Printed below the image are the first and second pattern Irish colors of the 69th New York.
Limited Edition Print • Signed & Numbered by D.J. NEARY
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Image size: 20¾" x 31¾" | Overall size: 26" x 35¾"
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Historical summary written by Frank A. O'Reilly accompanies each print