A Year’s Service in the Foreign Legion of France (1861)


I’ve been a bad blogger lately and to make up for that here is a quick post on the Foreign Legion as described by an unknown Irish legionnaire who served for a year sometime around 1861.  His account of the Legion appeared in the New York Times newspaper in 1886, twenty some years after the fact, and recounts time spent in North Africa training, marching and working on construction projects.  It’s interesting to read his description of service at the time when the American Civil War was raging and how he came across some Americans serving in the 2nd Regiment.  Unlike many English language accounts this one does not end with desertion–the author was given opportunity to get out of the Legion during what we called in the U.S. Army a “Reduction in Force (RIF)”.

A Year’s Service in the Foreign Legion of France

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Retired Army.
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