Gravestone Unveiling for Civil War Brigadier General Thomas Meagher (1823-1867)

March 25, 2008

Saturday, April 19, 2008, at one p.m. at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. Meet at the Main Gates of the cemetery inside the 25th Street and Fifth Avenue entrance.


In 1848, Thomas Meagher, an Irish patriot, was convicted of sedition for urging armed rebellion against the British. Meagher was sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered, but his sentence was commuted by Queen Victoria and he was sent to the penal colony in Australia. In 1852, he escaped and came to America. During the Civil War, he commanded the Irish Brigade of the Army of the Potomac. In 1867, he disappeared on the Missouri River, and his body was never found. His wife, Elizabeth Townsend Meagher (1840-1906) is interred at Green-Wood Cemetery, and his gravestone will be placed next to hers.

The unveiling will be followed by a trolley tour of Green-Wood Cemetery, featuring monuments and gravesites of Irish-Americans. The trolley tour is $10.00 per person.

For further information, please call Mike Burke at 718 344-2771.