Col. Marsh and the Revolution

MANCHESTER - On Friday, June 20 at 7 p.m., the Northshire Bookstore and the Manchester Historical Society will present authors Jennifer S. H. Brown and Wilson B. Brown, who will speak about their recent publication, "Col. William Marsh, Vermont Patriot and Loyalist."

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."

For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at


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