|Title||THOMAS FRANCIS MEAGHER|
|Artist||Mulligan, Charles J. (1866-1916)|
|Dimensions||H-108 W-72 D-36 inches|
Known as "Meagher of the Sword," Thomas Francis Meagher (1823-1867) was an influential Irish revolutionary who was exiled to Tasmania by the British Government in 1849. In 1852 he escaped from the penal colonel and came to New York. He served as brigadier-general in the Union Army during the Civil War, and twice served as acting governor of Montana Territory before disappearing mysteriously from a Missouri-River steamboat in 1867.
The statue was cast by the American Bronze Foundry Company in Chicago. The granite pedestal was designed by Charles Lane, who was building inspector for the city of Butte, and constructed by James Welch and Company of Butte. The Meagher Memorial Association raised the $20,000 needed to pay for the statue.
The statue was conserved in 2004-05. The bronze was cleaned and waxed. In addition, a new, more historically accurate blade was installed; the one it replaced was a homemade (cut from sheet metal) replacement that had been installed after the original blade was stolen. The new blade is cast in bronze and replicates Meagher's own personal sword that is now in the archives collection at Notre Dame University. A new scabbard was also replicated and installed. The original scabbard had been missing for a number of years. This one is cast in bronze and is patterened after the scabbard for the above mentioned sword at Notre Dame. Missing reins were also replicated and installed as part of the conservation project.
"My heart, my arm, my life are pledged to the nations cause and to the last it shall be my highest pride, as I conceive it to be my holiest duty and obligation, to share its fortunes." From the speech of Jones' Woods, New York, 1861.