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A SOLDIER AND A MAN

The Nationalist and Leinster Times

29 October 1900

A soldier and a man

“A soldier and a man” is the term that may be applied to a great old Kildare veteran, John Robinson, a native of Monasterevan and late of the American army. In the year 1863, June 14th, he fought with an infantry regiment at Fort Hudson for the Union colours. He was wounded, but yet lives to tell the tale, and says “I did not let them pull down the Stars and Stripes.” He returned to his native home in 1893, then weighing over 30 stone, and standing about 6 feet 4 inches in height. Though he is ill at present and in hospital in Athy, still Dr. O’Neill thinks he has many more years to live. He is now 19 stone weight, and is as intelligent, and his brain as active, as a man much his junior. He is in receipt of a pension of 12s weekly from the American Government.

An article from the Nationalist and Leinster Times of 29 October 1900 on American Civil War veteran, John Robinson, from Monasterevin


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