The faces and names may change, but the regiment lives on

From the Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Park:


The photo is one of a set taken at the rededication of the Irish Brigade Memorial at Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The 69th New York Infantry was one regiment in the famous Irish Brigade.  On this day 150 years ago, the regiment marched up the open ground outside Fredericksburg, Virginia to assault a Confederate force well placed behind a stone wall.  The 69th was, for all practical purposes, was destroyed.  But their charge was so orderly and brave that observers on both sides took notice.  The unit was reconstituted and reformed to fight in many other battles of the Civil War. The regiment continued to add honor to their name in both World Wars, as the 69th U.S. Infantry Regiment.  On September 11, 2001, as part of the New York National Guard, it was among the first military units involved with the War on Terror.

The faces and the names may change, but the regiment lives on.

4 thoughts on “The faces and names may change, but the regiment lives on”

  1. “…traditions of things endured, and things accomplished, such as Regiments hand down forever…”

  2. Same with my regiment, 141st Infantry; we trace our linage to the Texas Revolution in 1835, through the Civil War as a member of Hood’s Texas Brigade, 1st Texas Infantry in the Spanish-American War, and finally, as the 141st in WWI and WWII. Battalions from the 141 have deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.

    I’m glad the Perfumed Princes have finally recognised the power in regimental heritage.

    1. Mike, I gave a talk at our annual Battle of the Colmar Pocket seminar and commemoration last weekend on the 36th ID. I’m amazed at viciousness of the fighting the Vosges and the relief of the Lost Battalion by the 442nd. It’s more amazing that the 141st continued fighting so hard — for those who don’t know, 2/141 was awarded a PUC for the fighting at Riquewihr at the opening of the Colmar Pocket fighting. There’s a lot of history in that regiment, of which you can be justifiably proud.

  3. A very fitting post for today, as the 69th lives on in the NY National Guard. And today is the celebration of the 376th anniversary of the forebears of the Guard.

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