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December 20,

Thomas Francis Meagher on Fredericksburg. Annie Moore at Ellis Island. “Da Mare” Dead

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 Frances Meagher

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.

Annie Moore Ellis Island with brothers??

This MAY be young Annie Moore and brothers at 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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December 13,

JFK Gets His History Wrong. The Irish Brigade at Fredericksburg.

December 13: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

1862: The Irish Brigade (the Fighting 69th) is decimated at the Battle of Fredericksburg by Robert E Lee’s forces, primarily due to the incompetence of Major General Ambrose Burnside. The Fighting 69th are celebrated in song and story and film much of it based on their bravery at Fredericksburg where more than 900 of the brigade’s 1200 men fell in a futile attack on Confederate forces at Marye’s Heights under the sometimes controversial leadership of Thomas Francis Meagher.

Robert E. Lee speaking of the bravery of the Irish Brigade said:  “The gallant stand which this bold brigade made on the heights of  Fredericksburg is well known. Never were men so brave. They ennobled their race by their splendid gallantry on that desperate occasion. Their brilliant though hopeless assaults on our lines excited the hearty applause of our officers and soldiers.”

Dropkick Murphy’s Fighting 69th

JFK Gets it WRONG on the Irish Brigade at Fredericksburg

Speaking to Dail Eireann (Irish Parliament) on June 28th 1963, President Kennedy made a surprising lapse in factual accuracy. In a speech presumably crafted by Ted Sorensen who was on the trip with him (which also featured the famous Ich bin ein Berliner speech), Kennedy got both the date and location of the Battle of Frederickburg WRONG.

The battle featuring the Irish Brigade took place at Fredericksburg VIRGINA, DECEMBER 13 1862. As you will see in the speech below and also the transcript, Kennedy says the battle took place SEPT 13 in MARYLAND! A surprising goof by the great speechwriter Sorensen unlikely to have been spotted by members of Dail Eireann in Leinster House whom Kennedy poked gentle fun at when he said, “Lord Edward Fitzgerald …. did not like to stay here in his family home because, as he wrote his mother, “Leinster House does not inspire the brightest ideas.”

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See Chicago based Inspirational Motivational Business Speaker, Award Winning  Inspirational Irish Business Speaker and editor of Today in Irish History Conor Cunneen speaking.


For the Love of Being Irish written by Chicago based Corkman Conor Cunneen and illustrated by Mark Anderson which is an A-Z of all things Irish. This is a book that contains History, Horror, Humor, Passion, Pathos and Lyrical Limericks that will have you giving thanks (or wishing you were) For the Love of Being Irish

Watch For the Love of Being Irish author Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks on his Youtube channel IrishmanSpeaks. Laugh and Learn.

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humoristIrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen. If you spot any inaccuracies or wish to make a comment, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the comment button.

Visit Conor’s YouTube channel IrishmanSpeaksto Laugh and Learn. Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History