Hidden History of the Irish in New Jersey

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The Irish have a long and proud history in America, and New Jersey is no exception. Beginning with the first Irish immigrants who settled in every corner of the state, this vital ethnic community has left an indelible mark on all facets of life in the Garden State. New Jersey's Irish natives expressed their own discontent over British oppression by fighting alongside colonists in the American Revolution. Brave Fenians fought to preserve their new home in the Civil War. New Jersey's Irish also have become ...

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Overview

The Irish have a long and proud history in America, and New Jersey is no exception. Beginning with the first Irish immigrants who settled in every corner of the state, this vital ethnic community has left an indelible mark on all facets of life in the Garden State. New Jersey's Irish natives expressed their own discontent over British oppression by fighting alongside colonists in the American Revolution. Brave Fenians fought to preserve their new home in the Civil War. New Jersey's Irish also have become professional athletes, United States representatives, religious leaders, spies and business trailblazers. Author and Irish heritage researcher Tom Fox relays these and other stories that demonstrate the importance of Ireland to the development of New Jersey and the United States.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609490300
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 790,174
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

Tough Guys in a Tough America

"The Kid": William Gleason of Camden 17

The "Toy Bulldog": Edward Patrick Walker 21

Warriors Against England

"Mutiny in Morristown": The Pennsylvania Line in 1781 27

"The General Who Invaded Canada-Twice": John C. O'Neill 33

"Fenians, Fenians, Everywhere": Four We Remember 37

"The Rifleman": Private Timothy Murphy 41

Three Originals

"The Man Who Invented McGarr": Mark McGarrity 45

"The Mysterious Mahony": William Hugh of Newark 50

"Simply the Best": James Barton 52

Clerics of all Kinds

"The First Presbyterians": James Caldwell and Nicholas Murray 57

"The Irish and the Quakers": The Healy Family 63

"The Mo-Town Confederate": Reverend James Sheeran 69

Patriots in a Civil War

"The (One-Armed) Jersey Devil": Phil Kearny 75

"The Man Who Would Be King (of Sussex)": Hugh Kilpatrick 79

"The Final Resting Ground": Finn's Point 83

Builders and Businessmen

"The Forgotten Chosen Ones": Canals and Pubs of Old 89

"It's a Long, Long Way From Clare to Here": John P. Holland 95

"Architects to the Sky": Keely and O'Rourke 99

Heroes Come in Different Forms

"The Spy from Armagh": John Honeyman 103

"The Hilltopper": Chuck Feeney 107

"Men of Mettle": Seven Irish Representatives 110

Selected Sources 117

About the Author 127

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2011

    highly recommended

    Finally a book on the irish in new jersey that holds up to its own. Well written and would recommend it to all.

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