Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Clearly associated with the vast left wing conspiracy! The true libertarian hawks are Irish fans :)
Enjoy your brief stay in heaven TigerHawk. Too bad SB isn't as pleasant a college town to live in an your alma mater.
"Fighting Irish" comes from Notre Dame chaplains who had served in New York's "Fighting 69th" Irish Regiment during the Civil War.
The 69th Regiment was organized by Thomas Meagher, who in 1848, together with eight of his other Irish rebel comrades, had the honour of being the last people in history to be sentenced to be "hung, drawn and quartered." As it played, the Brits sent Meagher and the others to Australia instead. Meagher escaped and made his way to New York, where he became a lawyer and journalist and later organized the 69th. The 69th fought at Antietam, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg, with distinction. The appellation -- "Fighting 69th" -- is actually attributed to Robert E. Lee. Meagher was later Governor of Montana.
The 69th Regiment also served with distinction in WWI, which inspired the Jimmy Cagney movie.
If you ever see NYC's St Patrick's Day Parade, the 69th has pride of place and opens the parade. It still has its own Wolfhounds.