Thomas Francis Meagher A dispatch informs us of the death by drowning of Gen. THOMAS FRANCIS MEAGHER, Secretary and Acting Governor of Montana Ter- ritory. He was born in Waterford, Ireland, on the 3d of August, 1823, and, consequently, at the time of his death had nearly completed his forty- fourth year. It is well known that he took a prominent part in Irish politics as one of the leaders of the "Young Ireland Party," and that after being tried and convicted on the charge of treason he was sentenced to death. This sen- tence, however, was commuted to banishment for life to Van Dieman's Land. Thence he es- caped, and obtaining passage by a sailing vessel he arrived at this port in May, 1852. On his arrival here he was re- ceived with much enthusiasm. Public re- ceptions were tendered him almost without number, and for many years the anniversary of his arrival was celebrated by a club which bore his name. For some time after he lectured in various parts of the country, and in 1854 he vis- ited California. Subsequently he read and practiced law in this City; edited the Irish News, a weekly paper, in 1856; visited Central America the following year, and passed some time afterward in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. He raised a company for the Sixty-ninth Regi- ment, in 1861, and accompanied it to the field. Early in the war, however, he was assigned to the command of the Irish Brigade, and shared its fortunes in nearly all the campaigns of the Army of the Potomac. He was wounded at the battle of Fredericksburgh, but speedily recov- ered and resumed his command. He was much beloved by his troops, who were mostly his own countrymen, and over whom he exercised great control. On the field of battle he was always conspicuous, and had a happy faculty of inspiring his soldiers with the great- est enthusiasm at the critical moment. He was recently appointed Secretary of Montana, and as Acting Governor has declared himself to be earnestly in favor of a vigorous and energetic prosecution of a war angainst the Indians.
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