Rev Peter Whelan

Rev Peter Whelan

Clongeen, County Wexford, Ireland
Death 6 Feb 1871 (aged 68)
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Burial Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Plot Diocese of Savannah Priest's section
Memorial ID 41970038 · View Source
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Father Peter Whelan was an Irish-born Catholic priest who served in the Diocese of Charleston and Savannah from 1837 until 1871. His story is not very well known, and yet, in his lifetime he touched thousands of people, which is highlighted by the fact that his funeral in 1871 was the largest that the city of Savannah had seen up to that time.

Known by survivors as the "Angel of Andersonville," he was the only minister willing to serve within this prison den that witnessed the death of 13,000 Union prisoners-of-war in only fourteen months.

A new documentary, "Fighting the Good Fight: The Father Peter Whelan Story" brings to light the contributions of this courageous priest.

Fr. Peter Whelan - RC Priest-National Chaplain, CSA - Montgomery Guards - Priest's Lot

RC Priest-National Chaplain, CSA - Montgomery Guards - Priests' Lot

Source: A List Of The Known Confederate Sailors And Soldiers Buried In Catholic Cemetery As Of August 2007


Age 69 yrs

  • Created by: Bill Waters
  • Added: 14 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41970038
  • Peter Irvine
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Peter Whelan (14 Mar 1802–6 Feb 1871), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41970038, citing Catholic Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Bill Waters (contributor 46846521) .