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.
|Publisher:||Missouri History Museum Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
William Barnaby Faherty, S.J., is Professor Emeritus in history at Saint Louis University. He is the author of numerous books, including The St. Louis Irish: An Unmatched Celtic Community, Moon Launches, and St. Louis: A Concise History.
Table of Contents
|2.||St. Louis: Church and Community||8|
|3.||Early Years in St. Louis||14|
|4.||The Nation Walks to the Brink||26|
|5.||Father Bannon Goes "South"||42|
|6.||Curtis Moves into Arkansas||52|
|7.||The Greatest Battle of the Trans-Mississippi||60|
|8.||Reminiscing About Pea Ridge||66|
|10.||Luka and Second Corinth||90|
|11.||Vicksburg: Citadel above the River||102|
|12.||How Great a Chaplain?||116|
|14.||Whither the Call?||140|
|15.||Reorientation in Erin||144|
|16.||Into the "Heart of the Irish Church"||150|
|17.||By Train or by "Bian"||160|
|18.||"A Pulpit Orator of the First Rank"||172|
|19.||"The Only Possible Candidate"||188|
|20.||A Time of Jubilees||198|
|21.||"Furl the Banner"||206|
|About the Author||239|