December 29: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by For the Love of Being Irish)
1808: Seventeenth President of the United States, successor to Abraham Lincoln, first President to be impeached Andrew Johnson was born into abject poverty in Tennessee. Johnson’s ancestors hailed from Co. Antrim
1829: Confederate chaplain and sometime diplomat John B. Bannon is born in Roosky, Co. Roscommon. Shortly after being ordained at Maynooth in 1853, he emigrated like so many of his parishioners and settled in St. Louis. For much of the war, he was chaplain to the First Missouri Confederate Brigade.
Bannon was captured and released twice before being asked by Confederate President Jefferson Davis to conduct a diplomatic mission to the Vatican to persuade Pope Pius IX to recognize the Confederacy. Following his (failed) Vatican mission, he returned to Ireland where he discouraged Irish support for the Union and in particular warned of what was effectively press-ganging of Irish (and other) immigrants by Union forces as soon as they came off the boat. One scam involved encouraging immigrants to declare US citizenship as soon as they landed. Once that declaration was made, the poor unfortunate was immediately conscripted as a US citizen.
Bannon never returned to America and became a Jesuit priest, dying in 1913.
Here you can read a fascinating excerpt from Phillip Thomas Tucker’s The Confederacy’s Fighting Chaplain: Father John B. Bannon.
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