Having studied medicine and law at Trinity College and written for various newspapers in Dublin and London, he emigrated to New York in 1851. He became the co-editor of The Carpet-bagger, worked at the New York herald and The New York times, and in 1857 became the principal editor of The leader. Halpine then left journalism to enter politics. He served as private secretary of Stephen A. Douglas, and became a member of the general committee of Tammany Hall.In April 20, 1861 Halpine enlisted in Company D of the 69th New York State Militia. 1861 he held various positions with the General Volunteers and obtained a staff position with General David Hunter. He assisted Hunter in organizing the first troop of Negro soldiers to be mustered into Federal Service. Throughout his military service, he continuted to write for northern newspapers (often under the guise of his invented character Private Miles O'Reilly). Halpine was twice breveted for gallantry and distinguished service and ended the War as a brigadier general. The item "Civil War BBGCharles Halpine 69th NY Irish Brigade Miles O'Reilly" is in sale since Saturday, December 12, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Autographs\Military". The seller is "civil_war_photos" and is located in Midland, Michigan. This item can be shipped worldwide.