Thomas Francis Meagher
 

 

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Thomas Francis Meagher 1823-1867

Born in Waterford. He was nicknamed Meagher of the Sword, a name given to him by Thackerey.  He advocated violence for political ends. He was a Young Irelander, and was sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered for treason in 1848. He was transported to Tasmania in 1849. He escaped to New York in 1852. When the American Civil War began, he raised a company which came to be known as the Fighting 69th which was made up mostly of Irish. They fought with courage and distinction in many of the important battles in the Civil War. Fell into the Missouri at night and his body was not recovered.

A burial plot was reserved for him in Glasnevin Cemetery