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Ted O'Hara


 Born in Danville, Kentucky, on February 11, 1822. The son of an Irish political exile, who became a prominent educator in Kentucky, O'Hara graduated from St. Joseph's College, Bardstown, Kentucky, studied law. During the war with Mexico he attained the rank of brevet major. He also led several expeditions to Cuba and Central America. He edited various newspapers and was successfully served in several diplomatic missions. During the Civil War he served as a staff-officer to General Breckenridge. He wrote little of special merit besides the two poems, "The Bivouac of the Dead" and "A Dirge for the Brave Old Pioneer". The former was written when the State of Kentucky brought back the remains of her sons who had fallen in the Mexican War to the cemetery at Frankfort. The last four lines of the opening stanza are inscribed over the entrance to the National Cemetery at Arlington, Virginia