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Patrick Henry Jones: Irish American, Civil War General, and Gilded Age Politician

January 12, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Mark H. Dunkelman is a Civil War historian, artist, and musician living in Providence, Rhode Island. His Civil War research and writing centers on the 154th New York Volunteer Infantry, in which his great-grandfather served. In more than fifty years of work he has connected with more than 1,200 descendants of members of the 154th New York and built perhaps the largest collection of primary source material on any single Civil War regiment. Using this trove of sources, he has written dozens of articles and six books. In August 2015 his regimental collection was formally established at St. Bonaventure University in Cattaraugus County, New York, where the 154th Regiment was largely raised.

His latest book,Patrick Henry Jones: Irish American, Civil War General, and Gilded Age Politician, is a biography of the 154th’s long-time commander, a County Westmeath native who rose from humble roots to become one of the best known Irish Americans of his day. One of only twelve native Irishmen to become a general in the Union army, Jones was also a power in the postwar political scene in New York City. But a series of misfortunes—including his inadvertent involvement in one of the most sensational crimes of the 1870s—laid him low and cast him from the limelight into the shadows of obscurity. Patrick Henry Jones restores the memory of a once-admired and able soldier and public servant. We are thrilled to welcome Mark H. Dunkelman to the American Irish Historical Society on Tuesday January 12th for a presentation on his latest book.

For more on Dunkelman’s work, visit his website at

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January 12, 2016
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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The American Irish Historical Society is a cultural institution featuring a library and archive, public arts programming, and events space.
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