Colonial Tavern,

Home To The Irish Brigade
There Are No Strangers Here, Only Friends Who Have Yet To Meet

history

In December 1862, a battle was being fought right here in Fredericksburg. One of the major battles to take place during the second year of the American Civil War, it involved brave Irish soldiers on both sides of the field.

The Irish Regiment, out of Georgia, was defending Marye's Heights, just down the road from where you are sitting today, and the Irish Brigade, out of Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania was told to take the hill at all costs. The cost was devastatingly high, and in the few days of that battle, 5,300 Confederate troops and 12,600 Federal troops were killed, wounded or missing. Almost two-thirds of them fell before the wall trying to take Marye's Heights.

Here we celebrate the bravery of all of those men, in the spirit of friendship and camaraderie, and hope everyone can put aside their differences long enough to sit back and enjoy a pint, the hospitality of the establishment, and the atmosphere of people that make Fredericksburg unique.