Approximately 150,000 Irish served in the Army of the Potomac and 30,000 served in the Confederate States Army during America's Civil War. The soldiers who served in the 63rd NY, 69th NY, 88th NY, 28 MA, 29th MA, and 116th PA fought with ferocity, courage, and discipline. They were the Irish Brigade, the elite fighting machine of the Army of the Potomac. They were "... high souled, high toned young Irish patriots, who imbibed from his lips their passionate love of Ireland . . . . (a) group of festive fox hunters and a class of exquisites ... good for a fight or a card game." [Captain John Joyce] Their successes would improve their chances at reducing the anti-immigrant attitudes in America as well as laying the groundwork to win independence to Ireland. Learn more about these Irish soldiers on Saturday, March 17 at 10:30 a.m. when Roger Micker will deliver a program on the Irish Brigade's role in the Civil War. Micker, president of the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable, retired from teaching history at Steubenville High School. He is a member of Ohio's Civil War History Committee and Friends of Getttysburg and a contributing writer for the Ohio History Connection.