The Immortal Irishman

The Immortal Irishman

The Irish Revolutionary Who Became An American Hero

Audiobook CD - 2016
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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" --
Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781480562745
Branch Call Number: CDT 921 MEAGHER, THOMAS
Characteristics: 1̀1 sound discs (14 hr., 18 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Doyle, Gerard


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Mar 24, 2019

Thomas Francis Meargher is one of those American historical figures who has fallen off the radar in modern times. During his life he was towering figure and symbol of the Irish nationalist movement, having been exiled first to Tasmania and then fleeing to the United States where he served with distinction in both New York politics and the US military. The book gives equal time to both Meargher's time as a politician and his time leading the "Irish Brigade," a motley assortment of Irish infantry units from the Atlantic Seaboard. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the Irish-American experience as tell as those interested in Antebellum, Post-Bellum and Civil War history.


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