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ISBN-13: 978-0786433834 ISBN-10: 0786433833

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  • Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (December 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786433833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786433834
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"a well-told story about a gallant regiment...a pleasure to read" --Civil War News

Civil War News --North & South.

About the Author

Joseph D. Collea, Jr., is the principal of Hartford High School in White River Junction, Vermont, and has been an educator for 40 years. A Fulbright Scholar, he studied at the American University in Cairo.

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A native of Ilion, New York, Joe Collea taught history there for 14 years before becoming the high school vice-principal for nine years. Eventually he became principal of the school, from which he retired after 37 years in NYS public education. Prior to that, he held principalships in Afton, Rotterdam, and Oxford, New York. Currently, Joe is the principal of Hartford High School in White River Junction, Vermont.
His interest in history and government led Joe into local politics in his hometown, where he served as a village trustee for five years and mayor for six. He has traveled extensive throughout the lower 48 states and Alaska, with battlefields and related historical sites always being of a high priority. He has also visited Western Europe and Egypt, in the latter case studying for a summer at the American University in Cairo by means of a Fulbright Scholarship.
But the Civil War has always been Joe's primary area of focus, growing up with Bruce Catton's epic works as his inspiration. With two ancestors having served in the Vermont Cavalry and two more in the Vermont Brigade, an interest in the military contributions of the Green Mountain State was only natural. "The First Vermont Cavalry in the Civil War, A History" is his first book.

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Civil War buffs, military historians and Vermonters will love this book!

Joseph Collea's detailed research combined with his wonderful rich expository writing style makes this an exciting, informative, and delightful read. Right from the start, as the regiment is mustered into service in Burlington, Vermont one gets pulled into the daily life of the First Vermont Cavalry: moving through the war's ups and downs, following the lives of its troopers, officers, and horses all the way to to the final shots of the war ending at Appomattox Court House.

The best compliment I can give this book is - the disaapointment one feels when you've finished reading a great book and you can no longer can look forward to stealing some time to go off and read it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on March 27, 2010
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While history books are not usually my #1 reading choice, I selected this book because I have descendants in my husband's family who served in the 1st Vermont Cavalry during the Civil War. I am so glad I did decide to read it! The writer's style was conversational, and he told the story of this group of men from both a historical and humanistic point of view. It was obvious that the information contained in the book, including the pictures and maps, had been thoroughly researched. The writer painted a clear picture of what these soldiers experienced on the battlefield, in the camps, and from a personal standpoint from the time they "joined up" until the end of the war. As a former teacher, I wish to congratulate this author for making his historical focus come alive for the reader. I found the book to be an easy read, interesting, enjoyable, and definitely one I would recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colinda VINE VOICE on June 27, 2010
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I'd heard of the First Vermont Cavalry as pursuers of Mosby's Rangers in intriguing tales that involved sites I've visited in Northern Virginia. So when I saw this book mentioned on a website, I knew it would be interesting. The First Vermont Cavalry was bested by Mosby on several occasions, most incredibly when they surrounded him at Miskel's Farm and he not only escaped but he and his outnumbered rangers inflicted significant casualties, captured 82 prisoners, and took 100 horses.

This book tells the story of the First Vermont's pursuit of Mosby, culminating with their capture of his newly-acquired 200-pound mountain howitzer near Catlett's Station. The book also covers the First Vermont's formation and their wide variety of military actions. I was particularly interested in the Shenandoah Valley chapters since places I visit regularly are covered, including Mount Jackson.

Collea is a very good writer and draws upon in-depth research. Vermont genealogists will appreciate the care he takes in telling what happens to individuals and even their families, although after a while I wished he had moved this detail to footnotes because at times it slows down the flow of the story. Still, there is enough excitement in the raids and battles to keep the action lively.

The book is illustrated with historic photos and drawings and clearly-rendered maps.
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