Author Archives: Waterford Civil War Veterans

About Waterford Civil War Veterans

Hi, my name is James Doherty and I pay my bills by working in marketing. My hobby is history in particular the history of my hometown Waterford.

Surgeon to the Irish Brigade

Dr Lawrence Reynolds was born in Waterford in 1803. He learnt his medicinal trade in Liverpool where he was a keen supporter of the Chartist movement which campaigned for equal rights to all men. During the unrest of 1848 Reynolds … Continue reading

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Daniel Joseph Keily

Keily, Daniel Joseph Born in Newtownville, Co. Waterford on 6th September 1829. He served as a Lieutenant in the Irish Battalion of St. Patrick during the 1860 Papal War prior to moving to New York. During the Civil War he … Continue reading

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John Hornbuckle Flynn

Flynn, John Hornbuckle Born on 10th March 1819 in Waterford. He worked as a liquor merchant before joining the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry, rising to Colonelcy of the regiment in 1864. He was breveted Brigadier-General of volunteers on 13th March 1865 … Continue reading

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Thomas Francis Meagher memories of Waterford

After an absence from Ireland Thomas Francis Meagher wrote his impressions on returning to his home city. One I read during the week was an account of the City and County Club ( site of the present Tower hotel). In this piece … Continue reading

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Letter from the Papal war

While based in Spoleto Patrick Clooney  wrote to Dr.Tobias Kirby ( a fellow Waterford man) rector of the Irish College in Rome seeking to acquire a medal blessed by the holy father himself. Thanks to Robert Doyle for finding this in the … Continue reading

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Officers of the Irish Brigade

Thanks to Damien Shiels for helping identifying the men in this photo “It was taken sometime between May and August in 1862 at Harrison’s Landing, Virginia by Alexander Gardner. Three of the men are religious standing at back left is Father Patrick … Continue reading

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Irish Brigade Association visit to Waterford

In March 1992 a group of forty American civil war enthusiasts visted Waterford. Whilst staying in the Granville hotel they payed a visit to the Patrick Clooney memorial. The group included a civil war brass band, eight confederate re-enactors and four federal, the group fired … Continue reading

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Capt Clooney background

Patrick Filan Clooney was born in ballybricken on 5th of May 1840 to John Clooney and Catherine Phelan. Ballybricken was a relatively poor area of Waterford city. It lies just outside the city wall and was a busy market area. The old city Gaol … Continue reading

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Thomas Francis Meagher @ the Waterford Meuseum

In preparation for the 1848 tricolour celebration I recently visited the Waterford museum of treasures. Donnacha at the museum was a great help and the team there are excited about our event in March.   Pictured above is Thomas Francis Meagher ornate club … Continue reading

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Clooney memorial

The above image which lists the battles of the Papal wars shows the sad condition of the memorial. There are cracks running through the stone and the inscription is nearly illegible. The main dedication is in even worse condition. Hopefully with … Continue reading

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