The 69th Infantry Regiment is a military unit from New York City, part of the New York Army National Guard. It is known as the "Fighting Sixty-Ninth", a name said to have been given to it by Robert E. Lee during the Civil War.Who are the members of the Fighting 69th Brigade?
Several of their famous members were Col. “Wild Bill” Donovan (later head of the OSS), Joyce Kilmer (poet; killed in action) and Fr. Francis Duffy (Chaplain, pictured here; his statue stands in Times Square, NYC). . This site recounts the Regiment’s combat history from the Civil War through World War II.Who was the poet in the 69th Infantry?
The renowned poet Joyce Kilmer, a Sergeant in the 69th, was killed in action in France. His poem, written during the war, “Rouge Bouquet,” is read at funeral services for all members of the 69th. “The Fighting 69th” is portrayed in the 1940 movie of the same name.Who was in the 69th Irish Brigade in the Civil War?
A photo by Matthew Brady, renowned photographer, of the men of the “Fighting Sixty-ninth” posed around a cannon. Bilby, Joseph G. Remember Fontenoy: The 69th New York and the Irish Brigade in the Civil War. Hightstown, NJ: Longstreet House, 1995.