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Thread #83999   Message #1547631
Posted By: Abby Sale
23-Aug-05 - 09:21 AM
Thread Name: Happy! - Aug 23 (Meagher)
Subject: Happy! - Aug 23 (Meagher)

Happy Birthday!

Thomas Francis Meagher ("mar")

born Aug. 23, 1823, County Waterford
(d.July 1, 1867)

Irish revolutionary leader and orator who became a Union Brig. General during the American Civil War (1861-65). In 1866, some 1200 Fenian troops, mostly from Meagher's Irish Brigade, invaded Canada, crossing at Buffalo. The Loyalists were routed, in one of the Fenian's only victories. His bio is worth reading - quite a character in an era of characters.

He features in a number of traditional songs. I like

        General Meagher to us he said
        If you get shot or lose your head
        Every mother's son of you will get a pension.
        In the war I lost me leg
        All I've now is a wooden peg
        By my soul it is the truth to you I'll mention.

                "By the Hush"

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