Irish nationalists attack police van, Manchester, 1867

#Picture Number HS168

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Victorian illustration to download showing the armed attack on a horse-drawn police van in Manchester by a band of Irish nationalists in order to free the prisoners, Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) leaders Thomas Kelly and Timothy Deasy, in 1867. One policeman was killed, and others wounded. Some of the nationalists were arrested, and three of them were executed – they are remembered today as the Manchester Martyrs. Kelly and Deasy, who had fought with distinction on the Union side in the American Civil War, escaped to America and were never recaptured.