Hero or Traitor?: Book 1

Hero or Traitor?: Book 1

by Michael P Pierce


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What drives a man to become a rebel?

This is a true story about a protestant man of English descent

who ends up becoming The Commander in Chief of The

United Irishmen in 1798.

The rebellion of 1798 was one of the largest rebellions ever

in Irish history when Irishmen and women fought to gain

independence from England. It is estimated that over 30,000

people (on both sides) lost their lives in the rebellion that only

lasted about 6 months.

The rebellion was carried out by The United Irishmen which

were the forerunners to other Irish organisations that

followed, for a period of over 100 years, in the pursuit of

independence from English rule. Independence was achieved

for 26 of the 32 counties of Ireland in 1921.

This story is based on the memoirs of Joseph Holt (General

Holt). He tells the story mostly in his own words how he

ended up rebelling against the establishment that he used to

be a part of.

To some he was a hero, to others he was a traitor. You the

reader can decide for yourself!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648223306
Publisher: Michael P Pierce
Publication date: 12/18/2017
Series: Book 1 of 2 , #1
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

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Foreword Notes about this book

I am a distant relative of General Joseph Holt, on my mother’s side.

Relatively speaking, few know about Joe Holt and his place in Irish and

Australian history. This is the first book of two.

This book covers a period in Irish history during 1798, which was one of

the major turning points in Ireland gaining independence from English

rule. This eventually happened in 1921. The title of this volume asks the

question “Hero or Traitor?” you the reader can decide for yourself.

The second book will deal with Joe’s time and influence in Australia

between 1800 and 1814.

The stories told in Hero or Traitor? Book 1 and Book 2, have been

edited and updated by the author. The books are based on the original

hand written memoirs of Joseph Holt which are located at The State

Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

I wanted to re-tell Joe’s story in a modern contemporary way that the

reader could understand and relate to while using the actual words he

spoke as much as possible. I wanted to be true to his memoirs by using

as much as possible the language used at that time.

My goal in writing these books are that I can tell Joe’s story, mostly in

his own words from that period in time, and that I can present his story

as an historical document that can be verified by facts from other books

and reference documents.

I feel privileged to be a distant relative of Joseph Holt and to have had

stories passed down to me from my mother, father, and Holt relatives. I

feel blessed to have had the opportunity to grow up in the area in Ireland

where this book is based. I have had the opportunity to walk on the

ground that Joe walked on, in my research and preparation for this book

which has taken me 17 years to complete.

Michael Patrick Joseph Pierce.

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