Helena in Lewis and Clark County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Thomas Francis Meagher.
American soldier and statesman; Brigadier General United States Army; raised and organized the Irish Brigade in the Army of the Potomac, and personally commanded it in the battles of Fair Oaks, Mechanicsville, Gaines’ Mill, White Oaks Swamp, Malvern Hill, Fredericksburg, Antietam, and Chancellorsville; appointed to the command of the Etowah District as Acting Major General in November, 1864; Acting Governor of Montana from September, 1865 to July 1, 1867, when he was drowned in the Missouri River, at Fort Benton, Montana.
”My heart, my arm, my life are pledged to the national cause, and to the last it shall be my highest pride, as I conceive it to be my holiest duty and obligation to share its fortunes.”
—from speech at Jones’ Woods, New York, 1861.
”The true American knows, feels, and with enthusiasm declares, that of all human emotions, of all human passions, there is not one more pure, more noble, more conducive to good and great and glorious deeds, than that which bears us back to the spot that was the cradle of our childhood, the playground of our boyhood, the theater of our manhood.”
—from address delivered in Virginia City, Montana, March 17, 1866.
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Location. 46° 35.18′ N, 112° 1.107′ W. Marker is in Helena, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of East 6th Avenue and Washington Drive, on the right when traveling east on East 6th Avenue. Touch for map. Memorial is located north of the Montana State Capitol. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1301 East 6th Avenue, Helena MT 59601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Montana Veterans and Pioneers Memorial Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land (about 500 feet away); East Helena Main Street Park (approx. 4.7 miles away).
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1. The Amazing Life of Waterford’s Favorite Son. Perhaps no other Irishman this side of St. Patrick led a more colorful life, a life that reads like a movie script and epitomizes the label "fighting Irish." As an officer in the Union army, Meagher recruited Irish immigrants into the New York militia and rose to the rank of general in command of the "fighting 69th" Irish Brigade. His soldiers wore sprigs of clover in their hats while marching under a green flag embroidered with an Irish harp and the words "Erin go Bragh" ("Ireland forever"). In the fall of 1862 on the bloodiest day of the war, Meagher had his horse shot out (Submitted on January 10, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Thomas Francis Meagher. Wikipedia (Submitted on January 10, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Thomas Francis Meagher - Waterford, Ireland. There is also a life-size equestrian statue of Thomas Francis Meagher in his birthplace of Waterford, Ireland. He was born there, in what is now The Granville Hotel, in 1823; then the family home of his mother Alicia Quan and father Thomas Meagher, a union of two of the most prominent merchant families in Waterford. His father traded between Waterford and Newfoundland, Canada, and had made their wealth with the discovery of large shoals of cod off the coast of Newfoundland. Thomas Francis grew up in an atmosphere of wealth and privilege. (Submitted on January 10, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 10, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.