The Irish Brigade made the most famous attack during the Battle of Fredericksburg.
Easily recognized by their trademark green flag bearing an Irish harp and sunburst, the men of the brigade charged into battle with sprigs of boxwood in their hats to remind them of their Irish heritage.
Of the 1,250 men who participated in the assault, more than 40 percent were killed or wounded, including every officer in the 69th New York.
Not a single soldier reached the heights that day.
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