FC 90 Fort Halifax with Daniel Tortora

This week on Fieldstone Common our featured guest is Daniel J. Tortora, the author of the book Fort Halifax: Winslow’s Historic Outpost.

Bio – Daniel J. Tortora

Daniel Tortora is an assistant professor of history at Colby College. An expert on early American and Native American history, he speaks extensively on the French and Indian Fort Halifax Winslow, Maine Habs photo (LOC)War and Revolutionary War eras. He leads battlefield and historic tours and has contributed to numerous films, archaeological projects, websites, exhibits and research projects. In 2011, he was appointed to the Fort Halifax Park Implementation Committee.

Book Summary

Winslow has grown up around Fort Halifax in its many, many incarnations. Beginning as a French and Indian War garrison and trading post, the fort welcomed historic figures from Benedict Arnold and Aaron Burr to Paul Revere and Chief Joseph Orono. Reduced to one small blockhouse in the 1800s, Fort Halifax hosted archaeologists, travelers, artists, politicians and students. The Flood of 1987 swept away the blockhouse, leaving the fort and its supporters to fight an uphill battle for reconstruction. Throughout varied iterations, uses, trials and tribulations, Fort Halifax has remained the symbol of a community. Join historian Daniel J. Tortora in this engaging narrative of Fort Halifax’s fight for survival. Meet the famous visitors to the fort, the local residents who have cared for it and the figures who have kept its memory relevant and its future hopeful.

Publication InfoFort Halifax with Daniel J. Tortora on Fieldstone Common

Title: Fort Halifax: Winslow’s Historic Outpost

Publisher: The History Press (2014)

Trade Paperback; 158 pages with end notes, a bibliography, an index, and some photos and illustrations.

Fort Halifax: Winslow’s Historic Outpost is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

The Interview

In this interview Daniel Tortora and I discuss the strategic location of Fort Halifax at the confluence of the Kennebec and Sebasticook rivers. Fort Halifax became the most northern outpost for the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Though the history of Fort Halifax as an active military outpost was short-lived it was witness to skirmishes with the Native American population and was host Benedict Arnold during the Revolutionary War.  Much of the story of Fort Halifax is the tenacity of its survival and its rebirth with the help of the Daughters of the American Revolution and devoted preservationists.

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Prize Winner

One copy of Fort Halifax: Winslow’s Historic Outpost is given out to the Fieldstone Common audience courtesy of The History Press.

The winner is:

  • To be announced next week

Congratulations to our winner and thanks to The History Press for their generosity in donating the book!

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Show Notes – Defiant Brides with Nancy Rubin Stuart

ShowPhoto-RubinStuart-1Following are some items that were mentioned during the 30 May 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Nancy Rubin Stuart about her book Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-era Women and the Radical Men They Married.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

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Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-era Women and the Radical Men They Married, published by Beacon Press, is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

Nancy Rubin Stuart is the author of seven books:

ShowPhoto-RubinStuart-2You can learn more about Nancy Rubin Stuart at her website. You can also follow her on Facebook and on Twitter.

In addition to authoring books Nancy is the Executive Director of the Cape Cod (Massachusetts) Writers Center. The Cape Cod Writers Center holds and annual conference each August.

Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-era Women and the Radical Men They Married is a dual biography that traces the lives of Lucy Flucker Knox who married Revolutionary War Patriot Henry Knox and Peggy Shippen Arnold who married Revolutionary War traitor, Benedict Arnold.

Beacon Press, the publisher of Defiant Brides donated two copies of the book which were provided as giveaways during the live show to listeners in Kentucky and Missouri. A big thank you to the Beacon Press for their generosity!

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Defiant Brides now available as a Podcast

PodcasticonbeDerickkwaThe most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring Nancy Rubin Stuart discussing her book Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married is now available as a podcast.

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Defiant Brides with Nancy Rubin Stuart

ShowPhoto-RubinStuart-1LIVE: THURSDAY, 30 May 2013 at 1:00pm EDT

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Nancy Rubin Stuart, author of Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married.

Esteemed biographer Nancy Rubin Stuart takes a close look at the lives of Lucy Flucker Knox and Peggy Shippen Arnold to reveal that neither was simply a “traitor” or “patriot.” In Defiant Brides, the first dual biography of both Peggy Shippen Arnold and Lucy Flucker Knox, Stuart has crafted a rich portrait of two rebellious women who defied expectations and struggled—publicly and privately—in a volatile political moment in early America.

Drawing from never-before-published correspondence, Stuart traces the evolution of these women from passionate teenage brides to mature matrons, bringing both women from the sidelines of history to its vital center. Readers will be enthralled by Stuart’s dramatic account of the epic lives of these defiant brides, which begin with romance, are complicated by politics, and involve spies, disappointments, heroic deeds, tragedies, and personal triumphs.

ShowPhoto-RubinStuart-2Nancy Rubin Stuart is an award-winning author specializing in women’s and social history. She has appeared on national television and NPR and has written for the New York Times, among other publications. Stuart is a board member of the Women Writing Women’s Lives Seminar at the CUNY Graduate Center and executive director of the Cape Cod Writers Center.