The Scotch-Irish in War
They furnished some of the best soldiers of Washington. The famous Pennsylvania Line was mostly Irish. LECKY
THAT THE SCOTCH-IRISH have a genius for war has been abundantly proved on many a hard-fought battlefield. As their whole history shows, they came of fighting stock and the world well remembers their valiant struggle against great odds at Stirling and Bannockburn under the leadership of Wallace and Bruce. When the descendants of the heroes of Bannockburn migrated to Ulster, their native fibre was but strengthened by their experiences amid hostile surroundings in their new home. Here, at Enniskillen and Londonderry, they again showed the stuff of which they were made, especially in the defense of Londonderry against the overwhelming forces arrayed against them in one of the most famous sieges of history; and the whole world rang with their praise. It was ever their lot to struggle against hostile forces, whether on the Scottish border, or in Ulster, or on the American frontier; nor did they fail to meet unflinchingly every menace to their liberties, from whatever direction it might come.
From the beginning of their migration to Pennsylvania the Scotch-Irish "formed a cordon of defense around the non-fighting Quakers." i. Constituting the outer fringe of settlement and constantly exposed to Indian ravages, they occupied a position of extreme danger. Thus they became familiar with danger, inured to____________________