Murder, mayhem in early Vermont

MANCHESTER - During America's Early Republic, the pastoral villages and forests of Vermont were anything but peaceful. Conflict raged along the Canadian border, as international tensions prompted Thomas Jefferson to ban American exports to France and Great Britain. Some Vermonters turned to smuggling. Federal seizure of a boat called the "Black Snake" went deadly wrong - three men were killed that day, and another died later in the state's first hanging execution. The outbreak of the War of 1812 brought thousands of troops, along with drunkenness, disease and a general disregard of civil rights, including the imposition of extra-legal military trials. Using his extensive knowledge of the law, author Gary Shattuck sheds new light on this riotous era.

Shattuck will be discussing her new book - Insurrection, Corruption, and Murder in Early Vermont - at the Northshire Bookstore on Friday, Aug. 22, starting at 6 p.m.

Gary Shattuck is a retired prosecutor (U.S. Department of Justice), having served 35 years in the law enforcement field, including work as a state police officer and legal advisor to Kosovo and Iraq governments. A magna cum laude graduate of the Vermont Law School, he is currently pursuing a master's degree in military history, concentrating on the American Revolution.


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