Pre-fest Irish program: Irish in America during Civil War

The Milford Public Library will host a program highlighting the accomplishments of the Irish in America during the Civil War on Friday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m. prior to the kickoff of the Milford Irish Festival, which begins at 6 p.m. that evening.

The program will be presented by Bob Larkin, a researcher specializing in the Irish and the Civil War. A Cheshire resident, Larkin will also address the Irish diaspora in America during the 1800s.

Larkin is a member of the Connecticut Irish American Historical Society, the Civil War Round Table and the Irish History Round Table. After his retirement he began working on his family tree, locating an ancestor born in Ireland who had joined Connecticut’s Irish Regiment in the Civil War and died at the battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1862.

He became chairman of a group that dedicated a State of Connecticut Monument honoring the Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers at the Vicksburg National Military Park in 2008.

Larkin’s presentation will offer an informative look at this subject.

This program is free and open to the public.