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The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero (Hardcover)

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"A fascinating look at an Irish revolutionary's life as it coincides with American history. Transported from Ireland after an early revolt against British oppression, to a prison colony in Tasmania , all would have seemed lost for Thomas Meagher. But astonishingly he escapes and ends up in the US at the brink of the Civil War. It's a fascinating look at American history through the life of this Irish immigrant and it reads like an adventure story, bit it's all true."

— Keelin


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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Product Details
ISBN: 9780544272880
ISBN-10: 0544272889
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Pages: 384
Language: English