Invitation to the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick membership to attend The Union League Civil War Round Table
The Civil War Diary of Rev. James Sheeran, Confederate Chaplain and Redemptorist
April 26, 2017, 5.30 pm
This exciting Civil War diary of a Redemptorist priest, Rev. James Sheeran, C.Ss.R., who was chaplain to the 14th Louisiana Regiment of the Confederacy, is a national treasure. Irish-born Sheeran (1817-1881) was one of only a few dozen Catholic chaplains commissioned for the Confederacy and one of only two who kept a journal. Highlighting his exploits from August 1, 1862 through April 24, 1865, the journal tells of all the major events of his life in abundant detail: on the battle field, in the hospitals, and among Catholics and Protestants whom he encountered in local towns, on the trains, and in the course of his ministrations. His ideological sympathies clearly rest with the Confederacy. The tone is forthright, even haughty, but captures in sure and steady fashion, both the personality of the man and the events to which he was a witness, especially the major battles. The journal is arguably the most unique narrative of the war written by a chaplain of any denomination and certainly is the most extensive. It permits us to hear a voice in Civil War studies that is seldom heard―that of a Catholic clergyman. The window given into the pastoral dimension of serving in America's bloodiest war is further enhanced by a running commentary on politics, race, religion, and charitable works throughout the South. He also supplies an insight into incarceration as a prisoner of war at Fort McHenry, Baltimore. Our guest speaker is Patrick Hayes, Archivist of the Baltimore Province of the Redemptorist order.
The Round Table starts with cocktails (cash bar) at 5:30pm, followed by the program between 6 and 7pm. There is no charge to attend. Guests are welcome. There is a dress code, business casual – collared shirts, slacks, and a jacket. Reservations can be made via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, 215-587-5592.