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There was an interesting discussion on this topic here maybe a year ago? Would someone please refresh my memory? Thank you and God bless.

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  • Ah!  The book, "The Civil War Diary of Father James Sheeran is excellent!  It will answer your questions of just how the Catholic Priest were in their actions compared to those of the North!  It is by Patrick J. Hayes  Very thick book of 565 pages.

    My husband has read many civil war books and has shared many with other men and they gab about the civil war.  But of all the readings my husband has had, this book stands out the most!  He shares with me of the diary and it gives you a so much different view then what we get in history books from school and such.

    This Fr. Sheeran does not have much respect for the Yankees, how they desecrated catholic churches of the South.  And of course he shows how the protestant ministers had nothing to offer the injured/dying soldiers, only the Catholics.

    Have a Joy reading this book!


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  • Thanks for the memory refresh about this book.

    This is a serious journey,not a Hobbit walking party.

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  • This priest was an Irish immigrant who initially settled in Michigan with his family, then moved to New Orleans for a late Redemptorist vocation, after his wife died.  He had a good background for understanding the culture and politics of combatants on both sides.

    "Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it underfoot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor but a destroyer."  St. Francis of Assisi

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  • It was in the fall of 1864 that Father O’Reilly first heard of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s plan to destroy the entire city of Atlanta by fire. Father O’Reilly was outraged and Patrick Lynch drove the priest to speak to Gen. Henry Slocum, a subordinate of Gen. Sherman.
    “In this meeting, Father O’Reilly argued that the order to burn homes and churches was beyond the normal confines of warfare,” Mears said. “Father O’Reilly pleaded for a compromise that would spare Atlanta’s five churches.”
    At first Gen. Sherman rejected the priest’s proposal. But Father O’Reilly would not relent and reminded the general that many of his own troops were Catholics and would create a mutiny if Catholic churches were burned.
    As a result of Father O’Reilly’s heroics, five churches in Atlanta—St. Philip Episcopal Church, Central Presbyterian Church, Trinity Methodist Church and Second Baptist Church, as well as the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, were spared. In addition, Atlanta City Hall, the Fulton County Courthouse and a residential area between Mitchell and Peters streets were saved.

    https://georgiabulletin.org/news/2007/03/city-honors-civil-war-priest-saved-downtown-churches/


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  • Wm.Tecumseh Sherman was a freemasonic madman, but his wife was Catholic.



    One of his son's became a Jesuit priest and later was said to have committed suicide.

    Such was the guilt of the father's injustices carried by his family.

    After the war, Sherman became a vagabond, constantly on the move, unable to get employment.

    And wouldn't you know it, the North's "slash & burn" strategy of the South was devised by the jews via
    European (Marxist) socialists recruited by Lincoln.

    As the following historical lecture proves.




    "Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it underfoot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor but a destroyer."  St. Francis of Assisi

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  • Thanks for sharing. 

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  • thank You for all your posts!  It is so good to read truth!


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  • It was in the fall of 1864 that Father O’Reilly first heard of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s plan to destroy the entire city of Atlanta by fire. Father O’Reilly was outraged and Patrick Lynch drove the priest to speak to Gen. Henry Slocum, a subordinate of Gen. Sherman.
    “In this meeting, Father O’Reilly argued that the order to burn homes and churches was beyond the normal confines of warfare,” Mears said. “Father O’Reilly pleaded for a compromise that would spare Atlanta’s five churches.”
    At first Gen. Sherman rejected the priest’s proposal. But Father O’Reilly would not relent and reminded the general that many of his own troops were Catholics and would create a mutiny if Catholic churches were burned.
    As a result of Father O’Reilly’s heroics, five churches in Atlanta—St. Philip Episcopal Church, Central Presbyterian Church, Trinity Methodist Church and Second Baptist Church, as well as the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, were spared. In addition, Atlanta City Hall, the Fulton County Courthouse and a residential area between Mitchell and Peters streets were saved.

    https://georgiabulletin.org/news/2007/03/city-honors-civil-war-priest-saved-downtown-churches/


    Wow... Fr. O'Reilly was an ecumenical priest then.

    In deference to his Catholic wife, Gen. Sherman, should have burned St. Philip Episcopal, Central Presbyterian, Trinity Methodist and the Second Baptist Churches.

    It would have likely retarded the growth of Atlanta's protestant heresies during the time of reconstruction.

    "Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it underfoot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor but a destroyer."  St. Francis of Assisi

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  • Better that all the damnYankee Unitarians and co. would have been divinely thumped. :fryingpan:

    Lest I forget, let us call the conflict by its more appropriate monikers...

    The War of Southern Independence
    The War of Northern Aggression
    The War of Southern Annihilation 

    :cowboy:
    This is a serious journey,not a Hobbit walking party.

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  • Incredulous:   Ho does one see/view "The Civil War Radicals of the North"?


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  • Wm.Tecumseh Sherman was a freemasonic madman, but his wife was Catholic.



    One of his son's became a Jesuit priest and later was said to have committed suicide.

    Such was the guilt of the father's injustices carried by his family.

    After the war, Sherman became a vagabond, constantly on the move, unable to get employment.

    And wouldn't you know it, the North's "slash & burn" strategy of the South was devised by the jews via
    European (Marxist) socialists recruited by Lincoln.

    As the following historical lecture proves.


    His son became a Jesuit.

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  • Wow... Fr. O'Reilly was an ecumenical priest then.

    In deference to his Catholic wife, Gen. Sherman, should have burned St. Philip Episcopal, Central Presbyterian, Trinity Methodist and the Second Baptist Churches.

    It would have likely retarded the growth of Atlanta's protestant heresies during the time of reconstruction.
    No, he was prudent. doing that saved the only Catholic church for miles around from being burned.  

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  • This priest was an Irish immigrant who initially settled in Michigan with his family, then moved to New Orleans for a late Redemptorist vocation, after his wife died.  He had a good background for understanding the culture and politics of combatants on both sides.


    I read this diary. One thing that I think is interesting is that everyone who ran away during battle were in the state of mortal sin. All those who faced the battle bravely were in the state of sanctifying grace.  

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  • Incredulous:   Ho does one see/view "The Civil War Radicals of the North"?
      


    Songbird,  Is the video link not working?

    When I clicked on it, it came up right away?
    "Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it underfoot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor but a destroyer."  St. Francis of Assisi

     

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