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Thread #60711   Message #980086
Posted By: JedMarum
09-Jul-03 - 04:13 PM
Thread Name: Music of US Civil War & Irish Immigrants
Subject: RE: Music of US Civil War & Irish Immigrants
a fascinating was our Thomas Francis Meagher! The fellow who wrote MY LIFE IN THE IRISH BRIGADE, was named Wm McCarter, another irish immigrant. Wm was bright, eloquent (with a pen, verbally he suffered greatly with a stammer) and educated - Wm was about as straight an arrow as ever flew. He loved Gen Meagher, but was disappointed by Meagher's love for the liquor. McCarter had seen the good Gen in a very drunken state on a few occasions, late at night, in the camp whena ll was quiet - and McCarter thought it was the demon alcohol that buried his calws into Meagher's otherwise noble character.

Meagher and his officer friends probably all drank what they considered reasonable amounts.