11 February 1820 - 6 June 1867
Theodore O'Hara was born in
on 11 February 1820, son of Kane O'Hara, an Irish immigrant and teacher.
His family moved to
and then to
He was educated by his father and graduated from St. Joseph College in
He was an attorney, reporter, editor, and writer. He fought in the
Mexican War and with the Confederate Army.
He is perhaps best remembered as the author of
"The Bivouac of the Dead,"
inspired by his experience in Mexico.
He died in Alabama on 6 June 1867 and was buried in Columbus, Georgia.
His body was moved to the Frankfort Cemetery in 1874.
Portrait of Theodore O'Hara from the frontispiece
of George W. Ranck's The Bivouac of the Dead and
Its Author (1898).