August 3: Thomas Francis Meagher

August 3: Thomas Francis Meagher, Irish patriot and Civil War general, was born on this date in 1823; he disappeared on the Missouri River in Montana in 1871, and a cenotaph to him was placed next to his widow’s grave at Green-Wood several years ago.

August 2: John P. Erickson

August 2: John P. Erickson, who as captain of the forecastle (living quarters) of the USS Pontoosuc, was awarded a Medal of Honor for his skill, gallantry and coolness while under enemy fire during the assault upon and capture of Fort Fisher and Wilmington, North Carolina, during the Civil War, died on this date in 1907.