In September 1756, fifty American soldiers set off on a routine reconnaissance near Lake George, determined to safeguard the upper reaches of the New York colony. Caught in a devastating ambush by French and native warriors, only a handful of colonials made it back alive. Toward the end of the French and Indian War, another group of survivors, long feared dead, returned home, having endured years of grim captivity among the native and French inhabitants of Canada.
Pieced together from archival records, period correspondence, and official reports, Hodges' Scout relates the riveting tale of young colonists who were tragically caught up in a war they barely understood. Len Travers brings history to life by describing the variety of motives that led men to enlist in the campaign and the methods and means they used to do battle. He also reveals what the soldiers wore, the illnesses they experienced, the terror and confusion of combat, and the bitter hardships of captivity in alien lands. His remarkable research brings human experiences alive, giving us a rare, full-color view of the French and Indian Warthe first true world war.
About the Author
Len Travers is a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He is the author of Celebrating the Fourth: Independence Day and the Rites of Nationalism in the Early Republic.
Table of Contents
Prologue. Recovering Lost Lives
1. "Kill'd or taken"
2. Captain Hodges' Company
3. General Winslow's Dilemma
4. "Ye very bane of New England Men"
6. Captain de Bougainville's American Adventure
7. Ensign Lincoln's Great Escape
8. The Peregrinations of Peleg Stevens
9. Isaac Foster at the Edges of Empire
11. The Court-Martial of Jonathan Barnes
A. The Roll of Hodges' Scout
B. The Captives
C. William Merry's Account, Recorded 1853
D. Captain Hodges' Sword
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