Charles Graham Halpine
1829-1868 [pseud. Private Miles OReilly]; b. Oldcastle, Co. Meath; son of ed. The Dublin Evening Mail. ed. TCD, worked in London, then NY from 1851; contrib. The Boston Post; ed. shortlived The Carpet Bag; contrib. Herald, Times, and Tribune; served in Civil War in 69th Regt. under Corcoran, and as Adj-General to General David Hunter, being raised to Brig.-General; drew up order for formation of first black regiment and threatened with summary execution in the event of capture by Southern forces; prop. of New York Citizen; appt. Registrar of County of New York, 1867;
he wrote psuedonymous satires and humorous sketches in prose and verse; also historical novels incl. Mount Cashels Brigade, or The Peace of Cremona (1882) and The Patriot Brothers (1884), many editions; both published in Dublin; private secretary to P. T. Barnum; prominent member of Democratic party; adviser to President Andrew Jackson and foremost in the fight against municipal corruption; d. of accidental chloroform poisoning. CAB PI JMC IF DIW DIL OCIL
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- Poetical Works of Charles Graham Halpine (Miles OReilly), ed. R. B. Roosevelt (NY 1869).
- The Patriot Brothers (Dublin: A. M. Sullivan ); Mountcashels Brigade [5th edn.] (Dublin: T. D. Sullivan 1882).
- A Collection of Essays, Poems, Speeches, Histories and Banquets (NY 1886);
- The Life and Adventures, Songs, Services ... of Private Miles OReilly (NY 1864; NY 1926).
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William Hanchett, Charles G. Halpine in Civil War America (Syracuse U.P. 1970), xv, 208pp., front. port.. See also Irish Book Lover, Vol. 32.
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D. J. ODonoghue, Poets of Ireland (Dublin: Hodges Figgis 1912), lists Lyrics by the Letter H (NY 1854), Baked Meats of the Funeral (NY 1866) etc.; stories, Mountcashels Brigade, or the Rescue of Cremona (1882); The Patriot Brothers ... Page from Irelands Martyrology (Dublin 1884). Justin McCarthy, Irish Lit., gives, under Halpine, Charles Graham, Irish Astronomy and Not a star from the flag shall fade.
Justin McCarthy, gen. ed., Irish Literature (Washington: Catholic Univ. of America 1904), notes that he drew up order by which Hunter raised the first negro [sic] regiment, and was proclaimed for immediate execution on capture by Southerners; retired with ill-health; active as leader in Democratic party politics; died of cholorform used as soporific for sleep problem. JMC cites pseudonymic poetry of Private Miles [sic] OReilly, Not a Star from the Flag Shall Fade [... The fight it grows think, an our boys they fall,/An the shells like a banshee scream;/An the flag it is torn by many a ball/But to yield it we never dhream.]; Irish Astronomy; a veritable myth touching the constellation of ORyan, ignorantly and falsely spelled Orion [ORyan was a man of might/Whin Ireland was a nation/But poaching was his hearts delight/And constant occupation/He had an ould militia gun/And sartin sure his aim was/he gave the keepers many a run/And wouldnt mind the game laws//St Patrhick wanst was passin by ... Bedad, says Mick, the huntins rare/St Patrick , Im your man, sir // ... Youll see ORyan any night/Amid the constellations/And Venus follows in this track/Till Mars grows jealous raally/But faith he fears the Irish knack/Of handling the shillaly/]. CAB selects A Vesper Hymn; Not a Star form the Flag; Irish Astronomy; Adieu.
Stephen Brown, Ireland in Fiction [Pt. I] (Dublin: Maunsel 1919), cites bio-data, viz., pseud. Private Myles OReilly, b. Oldcastle, Co. Meath, son of Rev. N.J.H.; ed. TCD; knew Young Irelanders in London; fought Civil War in USA; songs well-known in Union; lists Mountcashels Brigade, or The Peace of Cremona (1882), Irish Brigade in service of France; The Patriot Brothers, or, The Willow of the Golden Vale (6th ed. 1884) sub-titled a page from Irelands Martyrology, deals with the Sheares brothers. BML lists Baked Meats of the Funeral (1866); BELF CEN holds Patriot Brothers.
Robert Hogan, ed., Dictionary of Irish Literature (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1979), calls poems sentimental citing and example: ORyan says [St. Patrick], avick! / Tis at Thurles Im going, / So let me have a rasher quick, / And a dhrop of Innishowen]; historical novels justifiably neglected [Works as supra.]
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