Braddock's March: How the Man Sent to Seize a Continent Changed American History (book review)
British General Edward Braddock had a remarkable talent to offend. In the course of a 45-year military career, he alienated his officers, Colonial politicians and Indian allies. "Braddock's behavior is so excessively bad that everybody shuns him and hates him," one of his subordinates wrote in 1746. However, Braddock was named commander of the largest army in North America up to that time, then marched it into the wilderness without decent supplies, maps or intelligence on his French and Indian foes. Braddock lost half his force in a 1755 battle near what is now Pittsburgh's Point. Bravely, but in vain, rallying his soldiers, he was wounded and died a few days later.
War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America's First Frontier [book review]
In "War on the Run" John F. Ross deals with Robert Rogers, the hero of the French and Indian Wars whose exploits involved his mastery of the wilderness and taking risks. Rogers formulated a new kind of warfare as he mixed the brutality of native warriors with European military discipline, then added two things to make his group really deadly: appreciation for terrain and terror tactics. Where English armies marched into battle honoring chivalric codes, Roger torched villages with hit-and-run raids without tactical gain, just to terrorize the populace. Rogers himself scalped adversaries, keeping the bloody souvenirs as trophies of war.
Grave site identified as that of a Rogers' Ranger
The body of Obadiah Eastman lies beneath a tree near the corner of Atkinson and Haverhill roads. Until a few weeks ago, no living person knew that he was a captain in Rogers' Rangers, the famous militia that fought in the French and Indian War under Robert Rogers. Eastman's gravestone, along with 20 others, was unearthed as part of a Salem Historical Society project that began 2 months ago. The find of Eastman's grave has attracted the attention of people throughout the region, including historian Raymond Potvin, who is writing a book about Rogers' early life.
Document recounts George Washington's close call
Nov. 12, 1758 a young colonial officer prepared his militia regiment to heed the orders of British General John Forbes, who ordered out Colonel George Washington's 1st Virginia Regiment to track down the raiders in the area. Shortly after Washington's men captured 3 of the raiders, Mercer's men approached in the lingering fog, and gunfire erupted as the two Virginia regiments mistook each other for the enemy. Washington tried to end the carnage. He dodged searing balls discharged from "Brown Bess" British land pattern muskets, striking upward the bayonet-strapped firearms with his silver-mounted small sword.