The storied 28th joined the Irish Brigade in 1862 and has battle streamers from Second Bull Run, the Battle of Antietam and saw significant action and significant recognition in the Battles of Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. While their service was more than 150 years ago, there sacrifice will be remembered forever.
As an example of the loses born by the heavily decorated regiment, in the battle of Fredericksburg, the 28th took a 38% casualty rate with 158 soldiers wounded or killed out of 416 men. With New York's regimental flags tattered beyond use, Massachusetts carried the Irish Brigade's distinct green flag into the Confederate position under heavy artillery and small arms fire. Parts of this charge were made famous by Jeff Shaara's Gods and Generals.
DISCLAIMER: This is a historical fiction film, not an exact history of the battle.
In Melrose, the 28th Massachusetts posted the National Colors at our Chili/Chowder Bowl in support of Operation Gettysburg. This is our joint project with the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School, sending Melrose veterans to the historical battlefield. In addition to the outreach trip, the group is raising money to restore important civil war monuments in the city to include Memorial Hall and Wyoming Cemetery. We will continue to update you on the progress of these projects.
With any Irish luck, the 28th Massachusetts will also join us on Memorial Day as we present our restoration projects to the public and march down main street to honor our current and fallen veterans.
On St Patrick's Day we remember the service of the 28th Massachusetts. We will not forget.