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Posted By: JedMarum
08-Jul-03 - 08:13 PM
Thread Name: Music of US Civil War & Irish Immigrants
Subject: RE: Music of US Civil War & Irish Immigrants
I found 'The Great Shame' was an interesting read, as well. And yes, Meagher had been sentenced to Australia for his rebellious acts in Ireland - but managed to escape to America, where he came into prominence as a lawyer, a political leader and a military officer. He was court marshalled and jailed, briefly at the start of the Civil War - because he disobeyed orders and refused to show his command on parade for the Prince of Wales visit to America. When the war started, they needed his experience and his political support to bring the Irishmen into battle for the Union - and so all was quickly forgiven!

He was a hard drinking, brave and interesting man. His Irish Brigade was widely known for their bravery and toughness in battle.