Father Reilly on that day, January 16th, 1863 called them great men said of them " Mainly adopted citizens attracted by great freedoms .....". Frank Leslie's artist somehow captured how evocative of timeless passages through life can be ceremonies in cathedrals. Tough to put your finger on but it's there. For how massive a crowd was gathered honoring their Irish Brigade's fallen you can feel that awed hush. Death of the body, life of the soul and a sacred peace.
It was 1863. A lot of war to go.
Entire article is so long, you can miss awfully important parts. Snipped for brevity, emphasis on this brigade, the Irish and what was owed them. Irish newspapers from cities across the Pond printed and reprinted accounts of this brigade- we were all that close 150 years ago.
Mozart, sacrifice and bearing witness as men were handed over to their faith. I'd have staggered out of St. Patrick's January 16, 1863. Article is tough reading anyway.
Widows asked to state if they had children, and how many.
" There was find a puny band of men who had, with heroic valor, contended against hope itself " The Irish.
" They were true men, glorious men. They were mainly adopted citizens, who came to this land attracted by that glorious civil and religious freedom that reigned from the Atlantic to the Pacific "