Across the Great Divide : Manxmen in the American Civil War
The American Civil War (1861-1865) is a conflict which still resonates strongly today. As might be anticipated, immigrant participation was significant, particularly in the Union forces, and is generally well documented. However, this book is the first to explore the role played by men from the Isle of Man, a small island in the middle of the Irish Sea.
From a broad overview of the contribution of Manx soldiers, the author draws on previously unresearched military service records, extant war-time correspondence and other documentary evidence to focus on the war-time experiences of more than 50 Manxmen who played their part in the ‘new birth of freedom’ of the United States.