Thomas Francis Meagher (1823-1867): Pronouned "Marr." Irish patriot and American general. Having taken a bold but not very successful part in the stillborn Irish revolution of 1848, he was exiled by the British but escaped to the United States in 1852. In the Civil War, he took the northern side because he thought Britain would support the Confederacy. He raised the famous Irish Brigade, although his generalship was perhaps not as good as the soldiers who fought under him. He eventually quit his post because his brigade had suffered so much wastage as to become ineffective. He served in other posts for the rest of the war. In 1867, as acting governor of Montana, he fell from a steamer and drowned; it is widely thought that he was drunk at the time.