Thursday, June 20, 2013
PITTSTON -- Revolutionary War author Arthur S. Lefkowitz will speak Sunday in the newly renovated barn at the 1765 Major Reuben Colburn House, about Benedict Arnold, who stopped at the house on his march to Quebec in 1775.
Lefkowitz, who has written several books about the American Revolution, will give a free public lecture, "Benedict Arnold: In the Company of Heroes."
In his latest book, he discusses how Arnold influenced the careers of the soldiers who served under his command on the expedition to Quebec, according to a news release from the Arnold Expedition Historical Society, host of the event.
Arnold stopped at the Colburn House with a group of more than 1,100 members of the Continental Army. Arnold led his men up the Kennebec River to the ill-fated attack on the British stronghold of Quebec City. Colburn -- a shipbuilder -- provided Arnold's men with supplies, including 200 wooden boats, called bateaux.
The talk is 2 p.m. Sunday in the barn of the house, on Arnold Road just off Route 27.
Also, author James Leamon, a Bates College professor of history emeritus, will be on hand to promote his new book, "The Reverend Jacob Bailey Maine Loyalist," which, according to organizers, is a portrait of one man's struggle to make sense of the changing world brought on by the American Revolution. Copies will be available for sale and signing, to benefit the Pownalborough Court House renovations.