Book List

Discussion in 'Revolutionary War' started by CrescentCorps, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. CrescentCorps

    CrescentCorps New Member

    Unlike the Revolutionary War and War of 1812, I have had a much more difficult time finding books on King William's War, Queen Anne's War, the War of Jenkins' Ear, King George's War and the French and Indian War. As Crucible, A Few Acres of Snow and Eckert's historical novels have been mentioned here and in other posts, and I assume everone is familiar with Parkman, I do not include them. However, thought it might be a good to start a list. Here are the titles I have:

    Queen Anne's War

    Captors and Captives by Evan Haefel and Kevin Sweeney - Documents the 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield, Mass.

    The War of Jenkins' Ear

    Muskets, Knives and Bloody Marshes: The Fight for Colonial Georgia by Judson Conner - A very short history of Fort Frederica, the Battle of Gully Hole and the Battle of Bloody Marsh.

    French and Indian War

    Betrayals: Fort William Henry & the Massacre by Ian Steele.

    White Devil: A True Story of War Savagery and Vengence in Colonial America by Stephen Brumwell - Primarily a narrative of Roger's Rangers including their St. Francis Raid.

    Quebec, 1759: The Siege and the Battle by C.P. Stacey - A must have if only for the pictures and illustrations.

    Braddock at the Monongahela by Paul E. Kopperman - I believe this is the most detailed history of the campaign.

    Breaking the Backcountry: The Seven Years' War in Virginia and Pennsylvania, 1754-1765

    Ticonderoga 1758: Montcalm's Victory Against All Odds by Rene Chartrand - An Osprey title. As always, excellent illustrations.

    Louisbourg 1758: Wolfe's First Siege by Rene Chartrand - Another Osprey title.

    Monongahela 1754-1755: Washington's Defeat, Bradock's Disaster by Rene Chartrand - Another Osprey title.

    Pontiac's Rebellion

    War Under Heaven: Pontiac, the Indian Nations & The British Empire by Gregory Evans Dowd

    Multi-Year Studies

    Fort Ticonderoga: Key to a Continent by Edward Hamilton - Covers Fort Ticonderoga from its founding to the 20th Century.

    A Great and Noble Scheme by John Mack Faragher - A History of French Acadia from King William's War through the expulsion during the French and Indian War.
  2. Baltis Getzendanner

    Baltis Getzendanner New Member

    You might also include: Arms for Empire by Edward Leach. It has chapters covering each war as it affected the New World.
  3. CrescentCorps

    CrescentCorps New Member

    Thanks for the tip! Just picked it up.
  4. Joyce Jr.

    Joyce Jr. New Member

    French & Indian War

    A People's Army: Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Years' War by Fred Anderson.

    Redcoats: The British Soldier and War in the Americas, 1755-1763 by Stephen Brumwell.

    The Annotated and Illustrated Journals of Major Robert Rogers, edited by Timothy Todish.

    Through So Many Dangers: The Memoirs and Adventures of Robert Kirk, Late of the Royal Highland Regiment, edited by Ian McCulloch and Timothy Todish.

    Into the American Woods: Negotiations on the Pennsylvania Frontier by James H. Merrell.

    Wolfe at Quebec: The Man Who Won the French and Indian War by Christopher Hibbert.

    Siege 1759: The Campaign Against Niagara by Brian Dunnigan.

    A Soldier-Like Way: the Material Culture of the British Infantry 1751-1768 by R. R. Gale.

    Of Sorts for Provincials: American Weapons of the French & Indian War by Jim Mullins.

    An historical journal of the campaigns in North America for the years 1757, 1758, 1759 and 1760 by John Knox.
  5. CrescentCorps

    CrescentCorps New Member


    Just received Arms for Empire today. An excellent survey covering all of the British pre-Revolution conflicts in Canada and the U.S. Thanks again for the recommendation.

  6. Baltis Getzendanner

    Baltis Getzendanner New Member

    Sounds like you and Mr. Leach share a love of the obscure conflicts. I once did some in depth work on Bacon's Rebellion and found it quite interesting.
  7. CrescentCorps

    CrescentCorps New Member

    What? No one else gets giddy when they discover a map of the siege of St. Augustine? ;D But seriously, in skimming over the book, my only disappointment was the lack of coverage of the Anglo-Dutch Wars which led to British acquisition of the Middle Colonies. The book also does not discuss the the Beaver Wars between the Dutch and later English backed Iroquois and the French backed Algonquins which kept the Hudson and Ohio Valleys clear of French occupation for most of the 17th Century.

  8. CrescentCorps

    CrescentCorps New Member

    Picked up another book by Ian Steele entiled "Warpaths: Invasions of North America." The primary focus of the book is the relationship between Native Americans and the Spanish, English, French and Dutch up to the French and Indian War, and how the various European powers used them as proxies in their war against each other and vice versa. I have read the chapter on the Dutch, and skimmed over the rest of the text. While it is not a comprehensive military history, Steele, as he has done in his other works, provides a crisp, concise explanation of events. I would recommend to anyone interested in an overview of this period.

  9. CrescentCorps

    CrescentCorps New Member

    Just picked up Yankees at Louisbourg: The Story of the First Siege 1745 by George A. Rawlyk, covering the operations against the city during King George's War. Covers the siege well in 159 pages of text, but includes only one map of the town/buildings with no maps showing troop movements or siege positions.

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