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Exile in Erin: A Confederate Chaplain's Story [Hardcover]

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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.92" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.79"
Weight:   1.19 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Missouri Historical Society Press
ISBN  1883982464  
EAN  9781883982461  

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John B. Bannon excelled in four distinct capacities: as a pastor of a thriving Catholic congregation in St. Louis; as a chaplain with the First Missouri Confederate Infantry at Pea Ridge, Corinth, and Vicksburg; as a diplomat winning Irish support for the cause of the Confederacy; and as Ireland's greatest preacher in the 1880s.
William Barnaby Faherty's latest book, Exile in Erin: A Confederate Chaplain's Story, looks at new historical research and covers the entire life of this great man. It examines Bannon's boyhood in Ireland and his early years as a priest in St. Louis. Bannon gave up a major parish to serve the spiritual needs of the soldiers in the field---the only chaplain in either army to do so. He turned Irish opinion to sympathy for the South, then reoriented himself in his native land after the war. His preaching was part of a devotional revolution that put new life in the Irish Church.
In reading Exile in Erin, Civil War buffs will view the conflict from an unusual vantage, students of Irish history will understand the Celtic religious scene from Catholic emancipation in 1827 to the vote for home rule, and all readers will meet a towering and inspirational personality.

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An Unbelievable Story Eloquently Told!  Sep 20, 2004
"Exile In Erin", Fr. Faherty's second book on Rev. John B. Bannon, tells the story of Bannon's the multi-careered life. Drawn largely from Fr. Bannon's diaries and the writings of those whose lives he touched, it records a fascinating sequence of details about a life which would challenge the imagination of a writer of fiction.

Bannon was born in 1829 in Ireland where he was educated and ordained to the Catholic priesthood. Upon hearing the plea for priests in America, Bannon offered his services to Archbishop Peter R. Kenrick of St. Louis. In St. Louis Bannon rose rapidly, being appointed pastor of the largely Irish St. John's parish in 1858 where he supervised the construction of the Church which still serves downtown St. Louis. When war broke out in 1861, Bannon followed many of his parishioners South to serve as chaplain of the First Missouri Confederate Brigade. After serving at Pea Ridge, Vicksburg and other battles, Bannon was eventually asked by President Jefferson Davis to undertake a mission to Ireland. Many Irish had been enlisting in the Union Army. Bannon proceeded to Ireland where his efforts enjoyed considerable success in stemming the flow of recruits to the North. While in Europe he personally implored Pope Pius IX to recognize the Confederacy, a plea which did result in a letter addressed to "Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America" which was advanced as defacto recognition. Prevented from returning to Missouri by acts of the legislature and the presumed hostility of Archbishop Kenrick, Bannon remained in Ireland where he joined the Society of Jesus and became one of the most renowned preachers in the Isle. Fr. Bannon's status as the only pastor to sacrifice a big city parish in order to minister to his soldiers and his bravery under fire command our admiration. A painting of the Battle of Pea Ridge now hanging in the White House of the Confederacy prominently featuring Fr. Bannon ministering to the wounded honors his memory.

Drawing on writings by Bannon and his companions, "Exile In Erin" not only gives the reader the story of this magnificent life but also snippets of the world in which he lived. We are treated to eyewitness descriptions of the battles of Pea Ridge and Corinth and the siege of Vicksburg. We are admitted into his relationships with his men and their officers. The reader is present while Bannon carries the struggle across the seas to Ireland and senses his successes. One can only wonder what might have happened had he gotten to Europe before Irish has swelled the Union ranks and battlefield defeats had made recognition unattainable.

The story of Bannon's career in Ireland after the war tells of his efforts to build up the Church in his native land. The descriptions of localities, including one from which my ancestors came, bring a sense of connection to the book. The need to build the Church in Ireland after centuries of British oppression shocks Irish Americans who may assume that the Faith was always alive and vibrant on the Auld Sod.

I have read and reviewed other biographies of Fr. Bannon. This one is more extensive in its breadth and detailed in its narration than others. Whether your interests include the Civil War, St. Louis history, Irish history or just an unbelievable story eloquently told, "Exile In Erin" is a book for you.

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