Through a Howling Wilderness

Benedict Arnold's March to Quebec, 1775

Thomas A. Desjardin

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Before Benedict Arnold was branded a traitor, he was one of the colonies' most valuable leaders. In September 1775, eleven hundred soldiers boarded ships in Massachusetts, bound for the Maine wilderness. They had volunteered for a secret mission, under Arnold's command to march and paddle nearly two hundred miles and seize British Quebec. Before they reached the Canadian border, hundreds died, a hurricane destroyed canoes and equipment and many deserted. In the midst of a howling blizzard, the remaining troops attacked Quebec and almost took Canada from the British simultaneously weakening the British hand against Washington. With the enigmatic Benedict Arnold at its center, Tom Desjardin has written one of the great American adventure stories.

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"Desjardin is able to portray fascinating, vivid characters, more human and more credible than the leaders who organized the expedition."--Associated Press
 
"[A] stirring account...Desjardin has salted his account with great bits of regional history."--The Boston Globe
 
"In an age of bloated, overstuffed history books...Desjardin has pulled off this feat in just 240 pages of terse, well-hewn prose."--The Bangor Daily News
 
"Thoroughly researched and well written, this is likely to be the standard history of the campaign for some time to come."—Booklist
 
"Desjardin recounts the march in descriptive, detailed prose studded with visceral imagery . . . A vivid narrative of a vital American event.'"—Kirkus Reviews
 
"[A] highly readable book."--The Journal Star
 
"One of the great adventure sagas in American history . . . This is a story that helped shape the American Revolution, dramatically told in this highly readable new book."—James Kirby Martin, author of the award-winning Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered
 
"A model of accessible, vigorous narrative history, Through a Howling Wilderness re-creates an important but largely forgotten episode in early American history and tells a fascinating story in the bargain."—Jackson Lears, Board of Governors Professor of History, Rutgers University

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Thomas A. Desjardin

THOMAS DESJARDIN is the Historic Site Specialist for the State of Maine. He is the author of Stand Firm, Ye Boys from Maine: The 20th Maine and the Gettysburg Campaign and These Honored Dead: How the Story of Gettysburg Shaped American Memory.

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Through a Howling Wilderness
Benedict Arnold's March to Quebec, 1775
Thomas A. Desjardin

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
November 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312339050
ISBN10: 0312339054
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages, Includes several black-and-white maps throughout
$17.99

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St. Martin's Press
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429903547
ISBN10: 1429903546
256 pages
$7.99
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