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Patriot on the Kennebec: Major Reuben Colburn, Benedict Arnold and the March to Quebec, 1775 Paperback – February 8, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (February 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609495004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609495008
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,394,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thank you to Mark A. York, a descendant of Reuben Colburn, for information about the crucial role his ancestor played in Arnold's march to Quebec. The Colburn House in Pittston, Maine is on the National Register thanks to his efforts and is open to the public. James L. Nelson, Benedict Arnold's Navy 

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This book is the result of years of exhaustive research into the inner workings of the Arnold expedition. My ancestor Reuben Colburn's crucial role often played a minor part in other works on the subject and I felt he deserved more. He has it now.

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Mark A. York is a journalist, biologist and novelist. He has worked as a carpenter, actor, and fisheries biologist all over the West and Alaska, and he was a full-time reporter at The Livingston Enterprise in Livingston, Montana. York has written a blog that focuses on environmental issues since 2003 and wrote special projects in 2011 for the Idaho Mountain Express in Ketchum, Idaho where he resides. His history book, Patriot on the Kennebec: Major Reuben Colburn, Benedict Arnold and the March to Quebec 1775, was released on February 17, 2012 by The History Press. He is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By LobsterGal on April 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
The magic of literature lies in the experience. Enjoying a good book often elicits from the reader a strong emotional response. Having read Patriot on the Kennebec my only emotion was great sadness that some poor tree had to die to provide the paper for this waste of wordage.

The problems with this book begin early and appear often. In his acknowledgements, York fails to acknowledge anyone except novelist Kenneth Roberts who wrote about Arnold's expedition in the 1930s in his book Arundel. York rants about what he imagines are Roberts' conservative political views as if this had any relevance, then criticizes the "facts" of Roberts' work relentlessly. In this, York seems not to realize that it is a novel...a work of fiction...not meant or required to be factual.

Not long after, York explains how trees in Maine apparently rival California's massive redwoods by describing how "tall white pines and white oaks to the water's edge measured over eighteen feet in diameter." Really? Eighteen foot wide trees trunks? In York's world these trees were used to build galleons, a type of ship that had vanished from the seas more than a century earlier.

Later, York writes of "...James Howard, commander of the garrison at Fort Western." The problem is that Fort Western was decommissioned as a British fort in 1767 so it had no garrison or commander in 1775. Mr. Howard bought the property and was the owner of the buildings, not a military man of any kind.

On page 19, York describes Benedict Arnold as a "former apothecary and trader from Rhode Island." Arnold was born, raised, and lived his entire life to that time in Connecticut, not Rhode Island, something York himself points out just six pages later.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hudson Winslow on June 15, 2014
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I'm a little biased, because Reuben Colburn is my 4th Great Grandfather, but the book Patriot on the Kennebec was a well researched and very interesting story about an American Patriot during the Revolution. Major Reuben built 200 boats for Benedict Arnold for his march on Quebec from Pittston, ME, and supplied scouts and repairmen for the difficult expedition. Major Reuben Colburn later built ships for the Revolution and never received compensation from the new Nation. He died penniless from his services to General Washington and Benecict Arnold. Reuben Colburn later casted the first vote to seperate from Mass. and make Maine its own state.
My other Great Grandfather, James Winslow, was a Quaker and did not activlely participate in the Revolution because of his religious beliefs, but built oars for Colburn's boats. His son, Lieutenant Carpenter Winslow married Colburn's daughter Elizabeth, and left his religious beliefs behind and supported the Revolution.
Thank you Mark York for a wonderful book on one chapter on the early stages of the American Revolution.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By charlie's dad on April 6, 2014
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A well researched and great account of this period of the American revolution. The writing is as superb as his research. A must read for anyone wanting to learn more about the Anerican revolution.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By truitti on December 11, 2012
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This isn't a long book. I have ancestors who were in the area during this time. I appreciated the flavor of the book gave me and wonder how in the heck people lived in those times.
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