Armies of the Irish Rebellion 1798

Armies of the Irish Rebellion 1798

Men-at-Arms 472
  • Author: Stuart Reid
  • Illustrator: Gerry Embleton, Sam Embleton
  • Short code: MAA 472
  • Publication Date: 20 Sep 2011
  • Number of Pages: 48
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In 1798, the Irish rose up against the corrupt English government run out of Dublin. Joined by both Protestants and Catholics, the rebellion quickly spread across the country. Although the Irish peasantry were armed mostly with pikes, they were able to overwhelm a number of small, isolated British outposts. However, even with the half-hearted assistance of the French, the Irish could not compete with the organized ranks of the British Army when under competent leadership. In a brutal turning of the tide, the Redcoats plowed through the rebels. In just three months, between 15,000 and 30,000 people died, most of them Irish. This book tells the story of this harsh, but fascinating, period of Irish history and covers the organization and uniforms of the forces involved.

Biographical Note

Stuart Reid was born in Aberdeen in 1954 and is married with two sons. He has worked as a librarian and a professional soldier and his main focus of interest lies in the 18th and 19th centuries. This interest stems from having ancestors who served in the British Army and the East India Company and who fought at Culloden, Bunker Hill and even in the Texas Revolution. His books for Osprey include the highly acclaimed titles about King George's Army 1740-93 (Men-at-Arms 285, 289 and 292) and the British Redcoat 1740-1815 (Warriors 19 and 20).

Contents

Introduction - Ireland in 1798
The United Irishmen
Chronology of the Rebellion
British regular units
Irish Militia and Volunteer Yeomanry units
English and Welsh Fencible units
Highland Fencible units
Insurgent Forces
French regular units
The Légion Irlandaise

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