From: Barry Crompton
Date: Sat May 26, 2001 5:29 pm
Subject: Re: [hdg] Irish Brigade - Patriots or hypocrits?
You bring up some very good questions. When Thomas Francis meagher had been
sentenced to be transported to Australia, amongst the group of men he was
with another of the irish leaders was John Mitchel. They became good
friends and both managed to escape Tasmania in the 1850's - meagher went to
New York and Micthels ettled in Knoxville, Tennessee, eevnetually moving to
Richmond, Virginia. He continued to serve the South, edited the Richmodn
Examiner during the war and all three sons served in the Confederate army
while Meagher was a bigwig in the New York Irish brigade. I guess that it
proves they all had separate conscious thoughts for whatever path they
wanted to follow. Meagher didn't last long after the war but Mitchel
continued to push for irish freedom and was involved in Fenian uprisings
after the war.
So the Irish that wee on the side of the Rebels stayed true to form.
This and the next post is an example of the reason I like the HDG more than
any other board. Never judgmental of the original poster.