Please join us in welcoming William L. McKone, who will read from his new book, Vermont's Irish Rebel: Capt. John Lonergan.Experience the fascinating life of John Lonergan: The Potato Famine led to the uprising of 1848 near his home town of Carrick on Suir, County Tipperary, and his immigration as a boy to Vermont. Lonergan's dedication to the liberation of Ireland from British rule brought him into the Fenian Brotherhood, where he joined with other militant nationalists. Lonergan formed Vermont's only ethnic military unit, the Emmet Guards, which served as Company A, 13th Vermont, in the Civil War. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry in the Battle of Gettysburg, leading the charge of the Vermont regiments against Pickett's forces on July 3, 1863. After the war, Lonergan joined in the Fenian invasions of Canada in 1866 and 1870. He died in 1902, before Ireland became "a nation once again," and is buried in Burlington, Vermont.Originally from south Texas, Bill McKone lives in northern Vermont at the foot of Mount Mansfield. The combination of his own Irish heritage, a deep interest in the Civil War, an MA in military history, five years residence in Canada, and a taste for Jameson whiskey convinced him that Lonergan's tale should be told.