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The US has a tens of millions of citizens of Irish descent...

Very few of them know the reality of the history of their ancestors.

"No dogs or Irish need apply" was a common sign on stores throughout the US in the 1800s.

One option open to Irish immigrants was to join the Army and many did, but not all stayed.

Here's the story of one group that deserted and fought on the "right side" of a US war that Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and Henry David Thoreau said was criminal.



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