The Welsh in the Confederacy

I’d long known and taught about the Irish and Scottish who filled the ranks of the Confederate Army. This weekend at the Bedford, Texas Celtic Heritage Festival, I learned about the Welsh who served the South. Jefferson Davis was of Welsh ancestry, as was Catesby ap Roger Jones surgeon and commander of the Confederate Iron Clad C.S.S. Virginia.

2 thoughts on “The Welsh in the Confederacy

  1. Thanks for this information. I have been aware of the presences of the Scots and Irish & Scotch-Irish as participants in the War Between the States. I did not have any information on the Welsh. The workshop I have been conducting for several years in Jackson and now finally in DFW area at CHF and North Texas Irish Festival has focused on “Tracing Celtic Music in America”. In addition to the Revolutionary War period, the Civil War was a period rife with tunes from British Isles, especially Ireland and Scotland, which were known as in they were those countries, but also tunes set to different lyrics or parodied. I have been told that “Annie Laurie” was a favorite song of soldiers during the Civil War. Church music has borrowed from Irish, Scottish and Welsh folk tunes to which new lyrics have been written as hymns for worship. Examples can be found in many denominations’ hymn books.

  2. I am from Wales and can also speak welsh and yes “Cymru fo am byth” does actually mean wales forever. And also in a strange way some welsh say “fe godwm ni eto” which translates as we will rise again when talking about welsh independence

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