Their carefully researched book tells the story of William Marsh (1738-1816), an intriguing but little-known Revolutionary. A founder of Vermont, Marsh has been overshadowed by the more commonly known historical figures of Ethan and Ira Allen. A colonel in the Manchester, Vt. militia, Marsh supported the Green Mountain Boys. He played a key role in uniting Vermont towns as they requested recognition as a state. Marsh and other Vermont loyalists and partisans secured Vermont's neutrality in the later years of the Revolution and protected it from British raids. Marsh's remarkable gravestone in Dorset stands as a reminder of his importance to this area.
Tyler Resch, Research Librarian at Bennington Museum, commented in his review, "In revealing Marsh's little-known role in the creation of the feisty and independent state of Vermont, and his later work with the British on its behalf, the book makes a major contribution to its history, telling 'the Vermont story' in fresh and readable ways and making sophisticated use of a wide variety of sources."
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