It’s been said that Irish Americans wear their love of country on their sleeves, as a badge of honor for all to see. Green-Wood respectfully requests your help to honor Thomas Francis Meagher, an extraordinary man who famously embodied this quality, as a heroic patriot of both Ireland and America.
After fighting for Irish independence, for which he was condemned to death, then pardoned and exiled, Meagher immigrated to America, where he became a leader of the Irish community and became a hero of the Union Army, commanding the Irish Brigade during the Civil War. After the war, President Andrew Johnson appointed Meagher acting governor of the Montana Territory. His astounding story has been documented in over a dozen books and scholarly works. In 1867, in unexplained circumstances – regarded by many as suspicious – Meagher drowned in the Missouri River after falling from a steamboat. His body was never found.
His widow, Elizabeth Townsend Meagher, lamented, to her dying day, that her husband had no final resting place. She is, herself, interred in Green-Wood.
In 2017, upon the 150th anniversary of his death, we are extremely proud to finally honor the great man. On July 1st of this year, in a ceremony next to his wife’s grave, a beautiful bronze bust of General Meagher and descriptive plaque will be unveiled. The sculptor is the award-winning Michael Keropian, a fellow of the National Sculpture Society. You can read a bit more about him and see a photograph of the clay form for the bronze bust by clicking here.
Our goal: raise an additional $6,990 to fulfill Mrs. Meagher’s final wish. The County Waterford Association of New York has made a significant contribution toward the fees of the sculpture and will host a reception in our historic chapel after the ceremony. No donation is too small. Donors of $100 and over will be invited to attend the private reception following this historic dedication on July 1st. Donors of $1,000 or more, who give by May 15th, 2017 (the deadline for the inscription of the commemorative bronze plaque) will have their names forever marked as proud sponsors of this memorial to this great Irish and American patriot.
As Meagher famously stated, “It is not only our duty to America, but also to Ireland. We could not hope to succeed in our effort to make Ireland a Republic without the moral and material support of the liberty-loving citizens of these United States.” In this spirit of cooperation, we ask for your support to honor the great “Meagher of the Sword.”
We hope you share our vision for this permanent recognition of the inimitable General Meagher. Please use our online checkout above or call (718)210-3073 to offer your tax-deductible contribution toward this important dedication.