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The Irish General: Thomas Francis Meagher

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Irish patriot, Civil War general, frontier governor—Thomas Francis Meagher played key roles in three major historical arenas. Today he is hailed as a hero by some, condemned as a drunkard by others. Paul R. Wylie now offers a definitive biography of this nineteenth-century figure who has long remained an enigma.

The Irish General first recalls Meagher’s life from his boyhoo
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 14th 2007 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published September 2007)
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Catherine
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Wylie's book is very well researched and well written. I not only learned about the very rich and flawed life of an infamous Irish general and rebel, but I also learned a good deal about the historical struggles in Ireland that inspired him. I learned much about the Civil War, as well as how communication and politics worked around the war. I learned still more about early Western history as it applied to newly developing territories.

If you have any interest in Montana history at all, this book
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Gregg Sapp
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it


Thomas Francis Meagher (1823-1867) could be a cad, a blowhard, and a self-serving career builder. Twice, he abandoned his first wife when she was pregnant, and he never saw his only surviving son. He was a hard drinker whose alcoholic proclivities derailed promising careers in the military, on the lecture circuit, then in politics. However, he was a sincere and passionate revolutionary for the cause of Irish independence, who was at one time sentenced to death for espousing anti-British views.

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Robert
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
As a native of Montana, I am embarrassed to admit that Paul Wylie's text was my first introduction to Thomas Francis Meagher. With Meagher's heroic accomplishments in his native Ireland and in the United States during the Civil War, his brief stint in Montana territory could easily be overlooked if it had not been the site of his tragic demise. Wylie has provided a well-researched and engaging biography of the Irish General that spans his wide-ranging career. As a revolutionary leader, general a ...more
Tom
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Saw this book over the weekend at the Bull Run gift shop. One of my favorite historical people, looking forward to reading the book.

A good overview of Meagher's life, which looks at both his faults and accomplishments.
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Marvin Soroos
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very sound history, but more detailed than I would have liked.
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