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Francis Agnew
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Birth: unknown
Death: unknown

He was a boatman with Co D of the 28th PA Inf enlisting on June 6, 1861 and mustered in a month later. He was reported a deserter at Dumfried, VA on Feb 5, 1863. Dumfried was a major port for suppling the Union Army's campaign in Virginia during the winter of 1862-63. The promise of victory turned into a disasterous defeat at Fredricsburg in which the famed Irish Brigade suffered nearly 85% casualties (ironically assualting Irish units of the Confederate Army) Perhaps disheartened by the poor leadership he left his unit having served 31 months of a 36 month enlistment. [Both North & South had Irish revolutionaries in their ranks gaining military experience for their battle for indeoendence from England] The Union used the Irish unit as a subtile reminder that entering the war on the Confederacy's side may stir up discontent in Ireland. Francis left the battlefield before the unit staarted chasing Lee North to Gettysburg. 
Co D 28th Pa Inf (GAR)
Saint Stephens Cemetery
Port Carbon
Schuylkill County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section 2 Row 1
Created by: John McCullough
Record added: Jul 01, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 72327878


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