Civil War general, frontier governor-Thomas Francis Meagher played key roles in three major historical arenas and is hailed today as a hero by some, condemned as a drunkard by others. The author offers a definitive biography of this nineteenth-century figure who has long remained an enigma.
This book first recalls Meagher's life from his boyhood and leadership of Young Ireland in the revolution of 1848, to his exile in Tasmania and escape to New York, where he found fame as an orator and as editor of the Irish News. The author recounts Meagher's life through until his final years, as acting governor of Montana Territory, sorting historical truth from false claims made against him regarding the militia he formed to combat attacking American Indians, and plumbing the mystery surrounding his death.
Author: Paul R. Wylie
Includes sections of: Notes, Bibliography, Index