There is a reenactment planned for this weekend, on the actual battlefield. It's of interest to me primarily because of the heroism of Tipp-born Timothy O'Meara during the battle. Read


O'Meara was killed three years later at the Battle of Missionary Ridge, in command of Dunne's (Chicago) Irish Legion.

An account I have in my files describes how Ulysses S. Grant visited O'Meara's coffin before it was shipped back to New York for burial, and was seen to wipe tears from his eyes. I'll try to find it.

His marble gravestone, pictured in the second story, is badly weathered and largely illegible. I recorded some of the text two decades ago.

I wonder if anyone will recall O'Meara's heroic role in the Balls Bluff fighting during this weekend's events.

Help us fill in the gaps here with whatever info you have available to share about his life and career.

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Here's the link for information about the upcoming reenactment. O'Meara would certainly be a credible choice for Hall of Fame, which we hope to launch next year, with the help of our members and site visitors.


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