John Mitchel (1815-1875) was one of the most prominent figures in the Young Ireland movement, and is also regarded as being a major influence on Fenianism. In 1848, after being arrested for charges of sedition, Mitchel was transported to Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania), before later moving to the United States. It was in this period he wrote Jail Journal, which Pádraig Pearse called the “last gospel of the New Testament of Irish nationality.” In America, he became a fervent supporter of the Confederate faction during the American Civil War, before finally returning to Ireland, being elected as an abstentionist MP for Tipperary shortly before his death.
Ireland, France and Prussia (1866-71)
The Crusade of the Period (1873)
An Ulsterman For Ireland (published 1917)