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Cotton Nearly Turned Civil War Into World War

New novel gives global perspective to American Civil War

N.J.- Did you know England had an army in Canada ready to invade against the northern army during the American Civil War? Did you know the final sea battle fought, during the war, was actually fought off the coast of France? These are but a few of the historical facts unveiled in the new book, White Shamrock.


History enthusiast, Henry McColgan, reveals this global perspective on the Civil War in the form of a historical fiction novel. He weaves historical figures and events into the life stories of families from Ireland, London and even a Georgia plantation. The survival of international families and businesses all hinged on the trade of one little product, cotton.

“Every American child studies the Civil War in school,” says McColgan “But few know about the worldwide effect of that war. We know the big names and events, but I want to share the story of the small ‘nameless’ people and events that still made a huge impact.”


White Shamrock
By Henry McColgan
Hardcover, ISBN: 9781477297001
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Softcover, ISBN: 9781477297018
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E-book, ISBN: 9781477297025
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Available at Amazon.com and Barnes&Nobles

About the author
Henry McColgan is currently retired after a 30 year career in a Philadelphia firehouse. During his time in Philadelphia he also got involved in the restoration of historical homes; he has received numerous plaques for his passion. Points of pride for Henry include: getting to train air marshals in on-board combat after 9/11, receiving a thank-you letter from George W. Bush for his news columns on war and his status as a board member for the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

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