Hodges' Scout: A Lost Patrol of the French and Indian War

Hodges' Scout: A Lost Patrol of the French and Indian War

by Len Travers


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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 War—the first true world war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421428987
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Series: War/Society/Culture
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,040,079
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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
Part One
1. "Kill'd or taken"
2. Captain Hodges' Company
3. General Winslow's Dilemma
4. "Ye very bane of New England Men"
5. Slaughter
6. Captain de Bougainville's American Adventure
Part Two
7. Ensign Lincoln's Great Escape
8. The Peregrinations of Peleg Stevens
9. Isaac Foster at the Edges of Empire
10. Homecomings
11. The Court-Martial of Jonathan Barnes
12. Coda
A. The Roll of Hodges' Scout
B. The Captives
C. William Merry's Account, Recorded 1853
D. Captain Hodges' Sword
Essay on Sources

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Gregory Evans Dowd

"Fascinating, vivid, and highly informed. Travers is a master of foreshadowing and verisimilitude. This is the social history of war at its best."

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