Revolutionary Chestertown: Loyalists and Rebels on Maryland's Eastern Shore

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Calls for independence shook the wealthy gentry with their grand mansions in Chestertown and their patchwork of prosperous Kent County plantations and farms. It was in the interest of the upper echelons of Kent County society to remain loyal to the Crown. Yet the Revolutionary spirit did ignite, as Chestertown protested parliament's duty on tea and sent flour to aid the poor in the closed port of Boston. While militia was raised, Kent County's true value to Washington was as a key breadbasket for his Continental army. Still, the revolutionaries found it difficult to gain a firm foothold. Religious and social tensions created a charged atmosphere as Loyalists burned rebel mills to the ground only to be in turn attacked by rebel mobs. Author Theodore Corbett unravels the complexities of a community thrust into war.
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ISBN: 9781626193994
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
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State: Maryland
Series: Military
Images: 40
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Author
Theodore Corbett holds a PhD in History and Literature from the University of Southern California. He is the published author of several books and a member of the Kent County Historical Society and the New Castle Historical Society in Delaware. Before retiring to Delaware in 2008, Corbett was the executive director for the Bennington Corporation in Bennington, Vermont. Prior to that, he was a history instructor at Schenectady and Adirondack Community Colleges in New York for twelve years. Karen Emerson is the executive director of the Historical Society of Kent County. She has been a member of the society since 2007 and is a graduate of Salisbury State University.