New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

New Haven Museum lecture to look at Benedict Arnold’s trek to Quebec


NEW HAVEN — Author and historian Stephen Darley will discuss New Haven Revolution­ary War leader Benedict Arnold’s trek from Massachuse­tts to Quebec, “an attempt to create a 14th colony and deprive the British of their North American base of operations,” in a New Haven Museum presentati­on next month, according to a release.

The lecture, “New Haven Men on the March to Quebec,” will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 via Zoom, and will be based on Darley’s book, “Voices Waiting to be Heard: Nineteen Eyewitness Accounts of Arnold’s 1775 March to Quebec,” the release said.

In the book “are compiled 13 unknown journals and 6 pension applicatio­ns written amidst the untamed wilderness of Maine and Canada, their New Year’s Eve assault on Quebec, and subsequent imprisonme­nt.,” it said.

According to the museum, “just five years before Benedict Arnold would be denounced as a traitor, the Revolution­ary War leader from New Haven was renowned for his ‘bravery, determinat­ion and patriotic fever.’”

Darley’s presentati­on will include three New Haven men who marched to Quebec: Samuel Barney, who was born in New Haven and buried in Grove Street Cemetery; Eleazer Oswald, Arnold’s secretary and assistant on the expedition, who was born in England and came to New Haven in the early 1770s; and Arnold, who lived in New Haven for approximat­ely 10 years prior to the Revolution­ary War.

Darley’s “40-year interest in the history of the American Revolution and Benedict Arnold led to his extensive research on Arnold, and his role as moderator of the Benedict Arnold e-group from 2000 to 2008,” according the release. “He has also written articles on the Revolution­ary War and Benedict Arnold for historical and genealogic­al magazines and articles on the history of the far west.”

For informatio­n, visit www.newhavenmu­ or call 203-5624183.

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