“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fairfax, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Gen. Corcoran

Gen. Corcoran Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 31, 2014
1. Gen. Corcoran Marker
Inscription. General Michael Corcoran died at the W. P. Gunnell House near here on 22 Dec. 1863 after being thrown from a runaway horse on Ox Road, a quarter mile to the south. Corcoran headed all area Washington Defense Department forces at the time. Corcoran at the request of President Lincoln, organized and led the Union’s “Irish Legion.” Also, he commanded the “Fenian Brotherhood” of New York, pledged to Irish independence.
Erected 2013 by City of Fairfax—Historic Fairfax City Inc.
Location. 38° 50.812′ N, 77° 18.484′ W. Marker is in Fairfax, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and West Street (at the turn to North Street), on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fairfax VA 22030, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Fairfax Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Mosby (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. William Gunnell House (about 400 feet away); Fairfax Court House (about 400 feet away); Monument to John Q. Marr
Gen. Corcoran Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 31, 2014
2. Gen. Corcoran Marker
(about 400 feet away); Fairfax County Courthouse (about 400 feet away); Efe Quality House (about 400 feet away); A Tribute to The Men of Fairfax County (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fairfax.
Regarding Gen. Corcoran. The Irish Legion, also known as Corcoran’s Brigade, was composed of the 155th, 164th, 170th, 175th, and 182nd New York Infantry. It was commanded by Brigadier General Michael Corcoran.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Entry for Michael Corcoran. “While Corcoran was imprisoned [by the Confederates] the U.S. had made threats to execute captured Confederate privateers. Corcoran and several other Union prisoners were selected by lot for execution if the U.S. carried out its threats against the privateers. This event was known as the Enchantress Affair, but no executions were ever carried out by either side. Corcoran was then offered a parole under the conditions that he not take up arms against the Confederacy. Intending to resume his place in the Union army upon his release he refused the offer of parole. He was appointed Brigadier General of volunteers in July and exchanged in August
General Michael Corcoran, U.S.A. image. Click for full size.
By Mathew Brady, circa 1860
3. General Michael Corcoran, U.S.A.
This image is available from the United States Library of Congress’ Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cwpbh.03187.
1862. His role in the Enchantress Affair and his refusal for parole gained him some attention and upon his release he was invited to dinner with President Abraham Lincoln.” (Submitted on August 31, 2014.) 

2. Wikipedia Entry for Fenian Brotherhood. Both Fenian factions raised money by the issue of bonds in the name of the ‘Irish Republic,’ which were bought by the faithful in the expectation of their being honored when Ireland should be ‘A Nation Once Again.’ These bonds were to be redeemed ‘six months after the recognition of the independence of Ireland.’ Hundreds of thousands of Irish immigrants subscribed.” (Submitted on September 1, 2014.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 564 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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