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The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero
by Timothy Egan

Published: 2016-03-01
Hardcover : 384 pages
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From the National Book Award–winning and best-selling author Timothy Egan comes the epic story of one of the most fascinating and colorful Irishman in nineteenth-century America.  

The Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one ...
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From the National Book Award–winning and best-selling author Timothy Egan comes the epic story of one of the most fascinating and colorful Irishman in nineteenth-century America.  

The Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one man. A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York — the revolutionary hero, back from the dead, at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to America. 
 
Meagher’s rebirth in America included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade from New York in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War — Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg. Twice shot from his horse while leading charges, left for dead in the Virginia mud, Meagher’s dream was that Irish-American troops, seasoned by war, would return to Ireland and liberate their homeland from British rule.  
 
The hero's last chapter, as territorial governor of Montana, was a romantic quest for a true home in the far frontier. His death has long been a mystery to which Egan brings haunting, colorful new evidence.

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by chadduck1@yahoo.com (see profile) 07/18/17

 
  "A Great Unknown"by bcarroll (see profile) 06/14/17

None of us had even heard of this Irish Revolutionary who was banished from Ireland to Tasmania for orating against British rule. He escaped and came to America, led his fellow Irishmen in the "Irish... (read more)

 
  "Timothy Egan is an amazing writer"by nmahoney@att.net (see profile) 02/18/17

If you have enjoyed Timothy Egan's previous book, you will like this one too. It is a fascinating story about an Irishman who comes to New York City, fights in the Civil War, and goes to Mo... (read more)

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