One of the most asked questions of American Civil War enthusiasts across the States is ‘Who was the first casualty?’ The answer, that ‘it was a Private Daniel Hough from some unknown part of Co Tipperary in Ireland,’ usually comes as a surprise to many.

Although he has long been forgotten in his native land and information on him in the States has always been sketchy, what is known is that after emigrating to the New World in 1849, Hough enlisted in the US Army some months later and was posted at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbour, South Carolina in April 1861.

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