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    "I Am Not Desirous of Joining in the Festivity"

    Granted this only applies tangentally to the War Between the States, but for many Americans of Irish Birth or Descent it was an important day...

    October 11, 1860

    "I Am Not Desirous of Joining in the Festivity"

    With the words above Sligo-born Michael Corcoran, commander of the 69th New York Militia, let state officials know that his regiment of Irishman would not be marching in honor of the visiting Prince of Wales on October 11, 1860.

    He issued a statement that he, "could not in good conscience order out a regiment composed or Irish-born citizens to parade in honor of a sovereign under whose reign Ireland was made a desert and her sons forced into exile."

    In holding to that principle Corcoran risked the destruction of his military career, and indeed he was brought up on charges. But an event far more important than honoring the son of a foreign sovereign would intervene to eliminate those charges when the Confederate states fired on Ft. Sumter and the charges were dropped as his services were now needed by his adopted country. Former national historian of the Ancient Order Hibernians, John J. Concannon tells the story of this incident and the rest of Michael Corcoran's colorful but brief life for WGT.

    http://www.thewildgeese.com/pages/corcpt1.html

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    Re: "I Am Not Desirous of Joining in the Festivity"

    Good stuff Peter, thanks for posting. I am looking forward to part two.
    David Parent

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    Veterans would tell of Sherman's ordering a flanking movement and instructing a subordinate how to report his progress: "See here Cox, burn a few barns occasionally, as you go along. I can't understand those signal flags, but I know what smoke means"

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    Re: "I Am Not Desirous of Joining in the Festivity"

    David,

    I posted over the link from The Wild Geese Today for the start of the series. It was written by John Concannon back in 2001. Although the end of Part 1 says Part 2 is coming soon, it is already written. Here are the links to the entire series...

    COLORFUL AND GALLANT: GENERAL MICHAEL CORCORAN
    Part 1: From Bane to Toast of the Nation
    Part 2: Making a Stand
    Part 3: 'Winning the death lottery'
    Part 4: 'The Prisoner'
    Part 5: 'Your likes we will never see again"

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    Re: "I Am Not Desirous of Joining in the Festivity"

    Dear Sir,
    Trust a Fenian to never miss an opportunity to grandstand. Were the "No-Nothings'" ahead of their time?
    Americans: beware of foreign influence !!!!
    all for the old flag,
    David Corbett

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    Re: "I Am Not Desirous of Joining in the Festivity"

    I can accept that Michael Corcoran was grand-standing some... but how else can you rise above the cacphony of anglophiles?

    On a philosophical note... who is remembered more fondly and often 150 years afterwards? The Know-Nothings or the The Irish that fought and died for the Union?

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    Re: "I Am Not Desirous of Joining in the Festivity"

    Quote Originally Posted by Pvt_Sullivan View Post
    On a philosophical note... who is remembered more fondly and often 150 years afterwards? The Know-Nothings or the The Irish that fought and died for the Union?
    When was the last time you heard a Know Nothing with a bad accent?
    Andrew Grim
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    Re: "I Am Not Desirous of Joining in the Festivity"

    Dear Peter,
    Any discussion of the wayward lads of the Emerald Isle is better done over a drink. Seek me out at Twin Rivers and I'll oblige you with a dram and correct your post's spelling error. Bugler R.J. Samp always knows where to find me.
    all for the the old flag,
    David Corbett

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