Patriot on the Kennebec

Patriot on the Kennebec

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In late 1775, a few months after the first shots of the Revolution were fired, Benedict Arnold led over 1, 000 troops into Quebec to attack the British there. Departing from Massachusetts, by the time they reached Pittston, Maine, they were in desperate need of supplies and equipment to carry them the rest of the way. Many patriotic Mainers contributed, including Major Reuben Colburn, who constructed a flotilla of bateaux for the weary troops. Despite his service in the Continental Army, many blamed Colburn when several of the vessels did not withstand the harsh journey. In this narrative, the roles played by Colburn and his fellow Mainers in Arnold's march are re-examined and revealed.Reuben Colburn concentrated on his lumber and shipbuilding operations even as the Revolution raged on in the south and west. In 1778, Colburn ... Their guide was Thomas Wilson, who had previously explored the region as a hunter. In 1776, the ... out to Winthrop on a westnorthwest compass bearing through todaya#39;s Mount Vernon and Vienna, striking the Sandy River at New Sharon Falls. From thereanbsp;...

Title:Patriot on the Kennebec
Author:Mark A. York
Publisher:The History Press - 2012


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