Henry Joy McCracken (1767-1798) was one of the leading members of the United Irishmen in Ulster. Born to a wealthy Presbyterian family in Belfast, McCracken was formally sworn in to the society in 1795, and as the society began to shift from parliamentary reform agitation to revolutionary and republican activity, McCracken was arrested in late 1796 and lodged in Kilmainham Jail before being released a year later due to serious ill health. Despite this, McCracken recovered and in 1798, was the rebel commander at the Battle of Antrim. Following the rebels’ defeat and a brief period on the run, McCracken was captured and hanged in Belfast. His letters from Kilmainham as well as his commands and letters before and after the Battle of Antrim are available here, taken from Antrim and Down in ’98, by R. R. Madden.