Monaghans’s Confederate General – Artist William Hartnett at Today in Irish History

October 29: TODAY in Irish History:

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Joseph Finegan

Brigadier General Joseph Finegan

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1885: Death of Monaghan born Confederate General Joseph Finnegan


Joseph finegan Irish born Confederate General
Joseph Finegan 1814-1885


Finegan was born in Clones, Co. Monaghan in 1814 and emigrated to the United States in the 1830s. He settled in Florida where he became a highly successful businessman.

During the civil war, he was commissioned a Brigadier General. Finegan’s campaign included  the battles  of  Olustee  and Cold Harbor.

At Olustee, Finegan’s 5,000 troops defeated Union forces under Brigadier General Truman Seymour. Finegan has been criticized for failing to pursue Union troops in disarray.

READ: Civil War biography of Joseph Finegan 

READ: Finegan at Battle of Olustee




1892:  Still Life Painter William Hartnett

Still life painter William Hartnett dies in New York.


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William Hartnett 1848-1892


Hartnett was born in Clonakilty, Co. Cork in 1848, one year before his family emigrated and settled in the Philadelphia area. Hartnett was known for his trompe l’oeil still life painting of everyday objects. Hartnett’s later life was ravaged by rheumatism which impacted his ability to work.


“Cheap Job Lot” by William Hartnett




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