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The Irish in Andersonville 'The Deadliest Place in America'

In the mid 1860s, Andersonville became one of the most feared places in America.

This sleepy corner of Georgia gained notoriety in the later stages of the US Civil War when the Confederacy opened a prison camp there. Nearly one third of all prisoners who entered Andersonville never left. 

Among their number were hundreds of Irish men. This podcast tells their stories.

I am joined by historian Damian Shiels who runs the Andersonville Irish project. An expert on Irish involvement in the US Civil War, Damian explains what Andersonville was and why conditions were so bad. He also shares his latest research including stories of prisoners who had fled the Great Hunger at home.

You can find out more about the Andersonville Irish at

Listen to my 2018 episode with Damian where we discuss broader Irish involvement in the US Civil War.

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