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John Devoy's Catalpa Expedition
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The story of John Devoy’s 1876 Catalpa rescue is a tale of heroism, creativity, and the triumph of independent spirit in pursuit of freedom. The daily log on board the whaling ship Catalpa begins with the typical recount of a crew intact and a spirit unfettered, but such quiet words deceive the truth of the audacious enterprise that came to be known as one of the most important rescues in Irish American history. John Devoy’s men rescued six Irish political prisoners from the Australian coast, allowing millions of fellow Irishmen and American-Fenians, many of whom secretly financed the dangerous plot, to draw courage from the newly exiled prisoners.

Philip Fennell and Marie King tell the story from John Devoy’s own records and the ship's logbooks. John Devoy's Catalpa Expedition includes an introduction by Terry Golway and the personal diaries, letters, and reports from John Devoy and his men.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. Editors’ Prologue
  2. pp. 15-25
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  1. Editors’ Note
  2. p. 26
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  1. [ III ] John Mitchel Knew of the Project and Helped to Raise Funds—A Characteristic Letter
  2. pp. 47-53
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  1. [ V ] [No heading in the original account. The chapter describes the final preparations and departure of the Catalpa.]
  2. pp. 63-71
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  1. [ VI ] How John J. Breslin and Thomas Desmond of San Francisco Were Selected to Do the Work—An Appointment by James Stephens
  2. pp. 72-77
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  1. [ XI ] Work of Raising Funds for the Rescued Men and the Winding Up of the Expedition—The Slander-Monger at Work—Financial Statement of the Enterprise
  2. pp. 130-138
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  1. Editors’ Epilogue
  2. pp. 167-184
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  1. Appendix A: Letters from James Wilson
  2. pp. 185-193
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  1. Appendix B: From the Report of the Eighth Annual [Clan-na-Gael] Convention, Cleveland, Ohio, September 4, 1877
  2. pp. 194-210
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  1. Appendix C: Dramatis Personae
  2. pp. 211-212
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  1. Sources
  2. pp. 213-218
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 219-224
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  1. About the Editors
  2. p. 225
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