Revolutionary Westminster: From Massacre to Statehood

Revolutionary Westminster: From Massacre to Statehood

by Jessie Haas
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The Battles of Lexington and Concord have long been considered the beginning of the American Revolution. However, Vermonters know that the first blood was actually shed in Westminster in March 1775. Over a month before Lexington and Concord, Westminster Whigs endured an attack from their own Loyalist sheriff and his men that left two dead. In response, the county rose in revolt in what became known as the Westminster Massacre. This bloody event set the stage for Vermont's separation from New York and its position as a mainstay of American independence throughout the entire war. Jessie Haas and the Westminster Historical Society vividly retell the story of the real first battle of the American Revolution and Windham County's important role throughout the war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609491666
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jessie Haas grew up in Westminster on the farm owned in Revolutionary War times by John Wells (a member of Azariah Wright's militia and a soldier in the Continental army). She lives adjacent to that farm with her husband, Michael J. Daley, in an off-grid cabin they built themselves. A graduate of Wellesley College, Haas is the author of over thirty award-winning books for children and young adults, including several historical novels.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction. Guns at Midnight 11

1 What Colony Is This? 13

2 "Our Just Rights" 33

3 "Red Westminster" 51

4 Government Overthrown 61

5 Revolution 95

6 The Cow Wars 121

7 The Guilford Insurrection 137

Appendix. Later Views of the Massacre: A Sampler 151

Notes 161

Index 169

About the Author 175

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