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Stephen Darley

America's Historic Lakes Contribution:

Notes on the Captains of the Vessels in the Battle of Valcour Island
under Brigadier General Benedict Arnold

Table of Captains and Vessels (Continental)- Battle of Valcour

Stephen DarleyStephen Darley has a law degree from George Washington University and owned his own real estate development and construction firm from 1972 until he retired in 2009. Mr. Darley has an extensive collection of first editions on various authors including Rafael Sabatini, Kenneth Roberts, Larry McMurtry, Ross MacDonald, Howard Fast, Walter Edmonds, Leslie Turner White and Somerset Maugham. He has a thirty year interest in Benedict Arnold and the history of the Revolutionary War with an extensive collection of Arnold books, prints, ephemera and other items including some Arnold rarities.

Mr. Darley has written three articles that appeared in Early America Review. The first appeared in the Winter/Spring 2001 issue entitled “Benedict Arnold Portraits”. This article presents original research on a topic not previously addressed, which is an examination of the various Arnold portraits to determine authenticity.  The second article was in the Winter/Spring 2006 issue entitled "How Benedict Arnold Got the Name of Dark Eagle" and the latest article, "The Cost of the Expedition to Quebec", was in the Winter/Spring 2011 issue. He also had an article published in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution on “Making Havoc of the Shipping in the Interior Waterways: The Battle of Osbornes”. He wrote two articles that were published in Cry Havoc, including one on the Revolutionary War Battle of Ridgefield.

Mr. Darley wrote a joint article with Jesse Knight on Rafael Sabatini that was published by Firsts Magazine  for its March 2001 edition, an article on Leslie Turner White in November 2004 and an article on Dale L. Morgan in the June 2008 edition. Mr. Darley co-wrote a bio-bibliography of author Rafael Sabatini which was published by Oak Knoll Press in 2010 entitled “The Last of the Great Swashbucklers: A Bio-bibliography of Rafael Sabatini”.

Mr. Darley has just completed a book on the 1775 expedition to Quebec entitled “Voices From a Wilderness Expedition: The Journals and Men of Benedict Arnold’s Expedition to Quebec in 1775” which will be published by AuthorHouse in 2011.

Steve Darley is a member of the New Haven Museum and Historical Society and the Connecticut Society of Genealogists. He currently serves on the North Haven Economic Development Commission and the Friends of the North Haven Library. He lives in North Haven, Connecticut with his wife Peggy.

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