"The Fighting 69th" as written by Ken Casey, Rick Barton and Matthew Edward Kelly....
Come all you gallant heroes,
And along with me combined
I'll sing a song, it won't take long,
Of the fighting sixty ninth
They're a band of men brave, stout and bold,
From Ireland they came
And they have a leader to the fold,
And Cochran was his name
It was in the month of April,
When the boys they sailed away
And they made a sight so glorious,
As they marched along Broadway
They marched right down Broadway, me boys,
Until they reached the shore
And from there they went to Washington,
And straight unto the war

So we gave them a hearty cheer, me boys,
It was greeted with a smile
Singing here's to the boys who feared no noise,
We're the fighting sixty ninth
And when the war is said and done
May heaven spare our lives
For its only then we can return,
To our loved ones and our wives
We'll take them in our arms, me boys,
For a long night and a day
And we'll hope that war will come no more,
To sweet America

So farewell unto you dear New York,
Will I e'er see you once more
For it fills my heart with sorrow,
To leave your sylvan shore
But the country now it is calling us,
And we must hasten fore
So here's to the stars and stripes, me boys,
And to Ireland's lovely shore
And here's to Murphy and divine,
Of honor and renown
Who did escort our heroes,
Unto the battle ground
And said unto our colonel,
We must fight hand to hand
Until we plant the stars and stripes,
Way down in Dixieland

So we gave them a hearty cheer, me boys,
It was greeted with a smile
Singing here's to the boys who feared no noise,
We're the fighting sixty ninth
And when the war is said and done
May heaven spare our lives
For its only then we can return,
To our loved ones and our wives
We'll take them in our arms, me boys,
For a long night and a day
And we'll hope that war will come no more,
To sweet America


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"The Fighting 69th" as written by Matthew Edward Kelly Ken Casey

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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song. I can't say I know much of the history, but I do know that it is nice to hear a song for the soldiers who risk it all for their country. They deserve to be treated with the honor and respect they have earned.
    "And when the war is said and done, May heaven spare our lives
    For its only then we can return, To our loved ones and our wives
    We'll take them in our arms, me boys, For a long night and a day
    And we'll hope that war will come no more, To sweet America"
    This stanza says it all.
    NavySkowon May 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWow, no comments? OK, here's my input. The Fighting 69th was a company of all-Irish soldiers whose first claim to fame was their refusal, at Colonel Corcoran's orders, to serve as the Prince of Wales's honor guard on one of his visits to the colonies and Canada. By doing this, they became a symbol to Irish immigrants that they need no longer serve England like dogs. Their leader, Corcoran, and the company itself, became even more famous when they bravely fought for the United States just days after spurning England.
    HighPrisstesson March 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWow, great exposition about what the song is about. I didn't know about any of that stuff, but it just makes the song even better now that I do.
    Madcappunkon April 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song. I can't say I know much of the history, but I do know that it is nice to hear a song for the soldiers who risk it all for their country. They deserve to be treated with the honor and respect they have earned.
    "And when the war is said and done, May heaven spare our lives
    For its only then we can return, To our loved ones and our wives
    We'll take them in our arms, me boys, For a long night and a day
    And we'll hope that war will come no more, To sweet America"
    This stanza says it all.
    NavySkowon May 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFascinating story, here is a bit about their leader:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    Josion May 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song with an amazing meaning. I remember seeing the monument too the Irish Brigade in Gettysburg and it almost makes you choke up. Just thinking of the bravery and the sacrifice and the strength of these ole' boys of Erin. Makes me proud to be Irish.
    Nyogthaon June 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe Irish Brigade is largely considered one of the hardest fighting units of the Civil War. Even with enormous attrition rates due to casualities, they fought in almost every major battle in the Eastern theatre of the war. At Fredericksburg, they were one of the few Union to nearly breach the infamous wall at Maryes Height, despite that after the battle amny of their dead and wounded were found stacked three or four deep in their, a chilling testament to their bravery. Not to mention, this all occurred at a time when those of Irish descent were often scorned and mistreated by the American populace. In reality, today many people wouldn't even consider serving their nation after something similar the treatment many of the Irish received.
    crpb1on May 04, 2010   Link

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