HISTORY PAGE


County Seat is White Sulphur Springs. (Pronounced "Mar")

Meagher County was created in 1867 from parts of Chouteau and Gallatin Counties.
Parts of Meagher County were later taken to form Fergus County, Broadwater County,
and parts of Meagher County were added to Cascade, Lewis and Clark and Sweet Grass Counties.

IF NAMED FOR MEAGHER O'THE SWORD, HE WAS FASCINATING CHARACTER. BROUGHT CURRENT IRISH FLAG BACK FROM FRENCH REVOLT IN 1848; SENTENCED TO HANG BY BRITS IN WAKE OF TOTALLY FAILED "YOUNG IRELANDER" 1848 REBELLION; COMMUTED TO LIFE IN TASMANIA; PAROLED; VOLUNTARILY CANCELLED PAROLE AS OF A STATED TIME; WHEN CONSTABULARY DIDN'T APPEAR AT THE MOMENT, TOOK OFF; GOT TO N.Y VIA ARGENTINA; PRACTISED A LITTLE LAW; LECTURED AND WROTE QUITE A BIT; EXPLORED, IN COSTA RICA, POSSIBILITY OF CANAL CONNECTING OCEANS; HELPED RAISE IRISH REGIMENT THAT BECAME NUCLEUS OF IRISH BRIGADE WHICH HE LED AT ANTIETAM AMONG OTHER BATTLES; ULTIMATELY TEMPORARARY MAJOR GENERAL; ANGERED BY SOMETHING OR OTHER, RESIGNED COMMISSION WHICH WAS LATER RESTORED; WITH SHERMAN IN GEORGIA; ULTIMATELY, POST WAR, APPOINTED TERRITORIAL SECRETARY OF MONTANA BEFORE, I BELIEVE, TOP JOB RATED GOVERNOR'S TITLE; HAVE HEARD THERE'S A STATUE OF HIM NEAR MONTANA CAPITOL. ONCE UPON A TIME CIRCA 1951, UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME HAD HIS UNION ARMY SWORD (NOT THE ONE OF IRISH LYRICISM) ON DISPLAY IN ITS LIBRARY BUT I HEARD IN 1991 THEY COULDN'T FIND IT. OTHER ARTIFACTS IN WATERFORD, IRELAND.

Information submitted by John.

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