‘I Will Sing the Song of Companionship’: Limerick’s Peter Doyle, the Former Confederate Who Became Walt Whitman’s Muse & Lover

‘I Will Sing the Song of Companionship’: Limerick’s Peter Doyle, the Former Confederate Who Became Walt Whitman’s Muse & Lover

Irish in the American Civil War

I am very pleased today to have a guest post from historian Liam Hogan. Liam has spent may years exploring this history of Limerick City and County, research that has seen the production of resources such as this site, which examines Limerick 100 years ago, and this interactive map that illustrates the locations where Limerick men died in the First World War. Liam is currently engaged in a detailed examination of the history of Irish slave ownership. Today he shares research he has been carrying out into Peter Doyle– Limerick emigrant, Confederate veteran, and ‘intimate friend’ of famed American poet Walt Whitman:

As Ireland has just debated and voted on a same-sex marriage referendum, it seems like an appropriate time to remember Peter Doyle, an immigrant from Limerick who fought on the Confederate side during the American Civil War and afterwards witnessed the assassination of President Lincoln. But his…

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