Barton's Raid with Christian McBurney

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The focus of author Christian McBurney's talk is a raid that took place in Portsmouth in 1777.  A young Rhode Island militia officer named William Barton and a small raiding party slipped past British soldiers on the Portsmouth shore and kidnapped General Richard Prescott at his home.  The kidnappers risked all—if caught, they could be hanged. This is just one of several attempted and successful abductions of military and civilian leaders from 1775 to 1783 covered in McBurney's new book, Abductions in the American Revolution. Attempts to Kidnap George Washington, Benedict Arnold and Other Military and Civilian Leaders (McFarland, 2016).  This book will be available for purchase and signing at the program.

Christian McBurney is an independent historian whose prior books include Kidnapping the Enemy: The Special Operations to Capture Generals Charles Lee & Richard Prescott (Westholme, 2014), The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation of the Revolutionary War (Westholme, 2011), and Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island (History Press, 2014).

This program is co-sponsored by Portsmouth Free Public Library and Portsmouth Historical Society and is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited so please stop by or call the library at 683-9457 to sign up.