Title

Through American and Irish Wars: The Life and Times of General Thomas W. Sweeney 1820-1892

Abstract

This biography traces the life of Thomas W Sweeny who, born in Cork, came to America at the age of twelve with his mother. His life was one of war and adventure and also shows the way in which the Irish became prominently involved in events such as the Mexican War, the Indian wars, the settlement of California, the Civil War and ultimately in post-Civil War Fenian efforts toward the liberation of Ireland. Sweeny, who rose from a Lieutenant of Volunteers to the rank of General in the US Army, was the Fenian Secretary of War and the designer of the 1866 Fenian invasion attempt on Canada. The book captures the rugged, spirited times during which a large population of Irish settled into American geographical and cultural space.

Department(s)

English and Technical Communication

Keywords and Phrases

biography; military history

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

978-0716533238

Document Type

Book

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2006 Irish Academic Press, All rights reserved.

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