Michael Corcoran (1827-1863) was born in Ballymote, County Sligo Ireland in 1827. He eventually emigrated to the United States in 1849. He became prominent in New York City politics. He also became the Colonel of the 69th New York Regiment (The famous Fighting 69th) and led it at the First Battle of Bull Run. He was captured in the battle and threatened with execution while in captivity. Eventually he was paroled and had dinner with President Lincoln. He became a divisional commander but died in a riding accident in 1863. There is a monument to him and the regiment in Ballymote.