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Thomas Meagher
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U.S. Governor
    (August 23, 1823-July 1, 1867)
    Was one of several ringleaders of an Irish uprising (1848)
    Captured and deported to Australia for life by English government (1848)
    Escaped Australian captivity and made it to New York (1852)
    Served as editor of the Irish Times in NY (1856)
    Organized the Irish Brigade to fight for the Union Army (July 1861)
    His regiment was decimated at the Battle of Chancellorsville (May, 1863)
    Was appointed secretary of Montana Territory (1866)
    Served as Montana acting Governor (1866-1867)
    Drowned in the Missouri River after falling from a steamboat (July 1, 1867)
    He was a heavy drinker and was likely drunk when he died.
    He managed to find a fight on both sides of the Atlantic.
    His uprising of the Irish people failed in 1848 and cost a lot of Irish rebels lives.
    He failed to take Richmond from the Confederacy during the American civil war.
    The cause he fought for in Ireland was extremely close to the plight of the Confederacy, yet he still supported the Union.
    He attempted to resign from the Union Army following a refusal to allow him to recruit his own ranks (May 14, 1863), this request was denied and he was forced to serve in minor commands (May 15, 1865).
    He fought for the Union and claimed their fight to be sacred.
    He suffered heavy losses in his brigade at Chancellorville and 1st Bull Run.
    He obtained the rank of brigadier general while serving the Union.
    He is considered a hero in parts of Ireland.

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