December 20: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)
1862: In the report he penned on this day about the Battle of Fredericksburg where so many of the Fighting 69 lost their lives on December 13, Brigadier General Thomas Frances Meagher wrote about the day after the terrible battle.
“Two hundred and eighty men only appeared under arms to represent the Irish Brigade. This little band, unswerved and undeterred, still full of heart, inspired by a bright sense of duty, sorrowful for their comrades, but prouder and still more emboldened that such men had fallen bravely as they did, awaited the word that was once again to precipitate them against the batteries and defenses of the enemy.”
Over twelve hundred men of the Irish Brigade started that battle.
Thomas Francis Meagher became Territorial Governor of Montana
1891: Fifteen year old Annie Moore departs Queenstown (now Cobh) with her two brothers. On January 1, she would be the first immigrant to be processed through Ellis Island.
1976: Death of Richard J. Daley, “Da Mare” of Chicago. Daley twenty one years in office is second only to that of his son Richard M. Daley. Daley was a controversial figure who regularly mangled the English Language. In For the Love of Being Irish, author Conor Cunneen references one of Daley’s more memorable quotes. “They have vilified me, they have crucified me; yes, they have even criticized me.”
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