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“So Costly A Sacrifice Upon the Altar of Freedom:” The Story of the Sheehan Brothers of Fermoy & Vancouver

“So Costly A Sacrifice Upon the Altar of Freedom:” The Story of the Sheehan Brothers of Fermoy & Vancouver

“Through the late 20s and 30s the Sheehans became embedded in Canadian life and took up citizenship. The children were well-educated in the local Catholic schools, and James operated his own store. With the outbreak of war in 1939, a number of the Sheehan children began to turn their thoughts to military service. Ultimately the majority of them did so– for example Thomas saw service with the 4th Battalion of The Canadian Scottish Regiment, while Michael went to sea with HMCS Laurier. For the three youngest Sheehans though, there was only one branch for them. Edward, Francis (Frank) and Henry (Harry) all set their sights on the skies.”


Maj.Patrick Sheahan – UN Peacekeeping

Irish in the American Civil War

Extracts from Irish in the American Civil War

Slaughter in Saunder’s Field: The 9th Massachusetts at The Wilderness

On the afternoon of 5th May 1864 Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick T. Hanley of the 9th Massachusetts Infantry stood with his men in the tangled and confusing wooded landscape that characterised the area known as ‘The Wilderness’ in Virginia. As battle raged, Hanley’s brigade commander Colonel Jacob B. Sweitzer came rushing up to confront the Irishman, loudly asked him ‘Why don’t you take your regiment in?’. Hanley retorted ‘We have been in, and just come out!’. Sweitzer informed him that he should take his men in again, at which the Lieutenant-Colonel turned to his few remaining soldiers with the instructions ‘Fall in, Ninth!’ (1)

Daniel George MacNamara compiled a list of the men of the 9th Massachusetts who were killed and mortally wounded at The Wilderness:

Company B: Private Martin Sheehan.

Donors to the Irish Relief Fund 1863

Sheehan, Michael 63rd New York $2.00 Gettysburg (M.I.A.)
Shehan, Michael 63rd New York $2.00

Reporting the Gettysburg Casualties of the 63rd New York, Irish Brigade

Headquarters, 63d Battalion, N.Y.S.V., 

Near Two Taverns, Penn.,

July 6, 1863.

To the Editors of the Irish-American:

Enclosed I send you the list of casualties of the 63d Battalion, N.Y.S. Vols., during the late engagement with the enemy near Gettysburg, Pa., July, 2d and 3d, 1863, for publication. It is as correct as can at present be ascertained, although some of the men reported missing may yet be found. 

The Battalion fought splendidly, driving the enemy from the position they had taken, and the “Irish Brigade” by their courage and bravery in the late fights, nobly sustained the honor of the land which gave them birth.

KILLED- Company A- Privates Charles Hogan, Patrick Kenny, John O’Brien. Company B- Privates William Moran, Edward Egan.

WOUNDED- Lieut. Col. R.C. Bentley, leg, slightly. Company A- Sergt. Thomas Murphy, abdomen, severely; James Crow, hand, slightly; Hugh Meehan, side, severely; Peter Walsh, side, severely. Company B- Corporal John O’Halloran, hand, severely; Privates John Graham, thigh, severely; Daniel Hickey, hip, slightly; John Hartigan, hand, slightly.

MISSING- Company A- Corporal Daniel E. Looney; Privates Timothy Manly, Patrick McGeehan, Thomas Kelley. Company B- Lieut. Dominick Connolly, Privates Michael Kelley, John Murphy, Michael Sheehan.

RECAPITULATION- Killed, 5; Wounded 10; Missing, 8- Total, 23.

Witnesses to History: A Bounty List of the 170th New York, Corcoran’s Irish Legion

John Sheehan

The 43-year-old enlisted on 11th September 1862. A Private in Company F, he was captured in action on 25th August 1864 at the Battle of Ream’s Station. John died while a Prisoner of War on 20th September 1864 at Andersonville, Georgia. A minor pension was granted based on his service following an application by Dennis Sheehan on 25th June 1866 from No. 167, Seventh Avenue, New York. John Sheehan had been married to his wife Ann (née Callaghan) in Co. Limerick by the Reverend Father Burke on 25th November 1835. Ann contracted meningitis and died at the age of 41 in Bellevue Hospital on 21st September 1863, while her husband was in the service. She was buried in Calvary Cemetery. When John died a Confederate POW the following year, it left their children orphaned. Of the couple’s six children (Joseph, Margaret, Mary, Dennis, Anne and Michael) two were minors when John died. These were Michael, born on 28th September 1856, and Anne, born on 31st July 1860. It was their elder brother Dennis, aged 22 in 1866, who took the two minors in and applied for the minor pensions in their name.

U.S. Military Pensioners in 19th Century Ireland: A Listing and Appeal

Sheehan, Jane (McClintock) Sheehan, Michael 150th Pennsylvania Infantry Widow
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Timothy J. Sheehan, Company C, commanded Fort Ridgely, Minnesota. Battle of Fort Ridgley, Dakota War 1862


During the infamous 1968 Tet Offensive —it was “the longest and deadliest battle” of the Vietnam War. West Point graduate Lieutenant Colonel Don Sheehan, USAF (Retired), of Tewksbury, flew into Khe Sanh with a C-130 Hercules cargo plane.

Fifth Minnesota, Company C

September 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Fifth Minnesota, Company C
Our gallant Captain Timothy J Sheehan, “Hero of Fort Ridgely”. He held the rank of 1st Lieutenant during the Dakota War of 1862, being promoted following his gallantry at Fort Ridgely.

King James’s Irish Army List 1689

September 13, 2011 2 comments
King James’s Irish Army List 1689 – John D’Alton



The O’Sheehans were a Sept in Cork and Limerick,
and this Captain is described in his attainder as of
Rathcumaine in the former county.


Note : have not been able to find a reference to a location called “Rathcumaine”.  It may have existed but is no longer known by that name or is spelt differently. soi

Note#2: William Sheehan was a Captain under Colonel John Barrett’s infantry regiment. He is listed on page 684 as one of the eleven captains. There were 24 other officers in this regiment.

“The above Colonel was of the Cork Barrets, and in the parliament of 1689 sat as one of the Representatives of the Borough of Moyallow. His Regiment seems to have been collected from families of the County; but it was, as appears from contemporaneous authority, disbanded a fortnight before the battle of the Boyne;” page 686

:King James’s Irish Army List


Bruff Memorial

September 13, 2011 Leave a comment
Bruff Memorial – on Main Street, Bruff, Co. Limerick, near the Catholic church

The Irish Volunteer memorial includes the following inscription:

John Quinlan, Company Lieutenant, Grange Coy.,
Eamonn Moloney  Volunteer  Grange Coy.,
Daniel Sheehan  Volunteer  Grange Coy.,
Henry Wade,  Volunteer  Ballyneety Coy.,
The Five Were Killed in Action Against Enemy Forces At Caherguillamore 27thDecember 1920

Note: that the Black and Tans raided a dance in aid of the Irish Volunteers held at Caherguillamore in 1920. Five men were killed and many more beaten and arrested. soi

reference: IRA East Limerick Brigade Bruff Co Limerick