American Colonial Ranger (Warrior Series): The Northern Colonies 1724-64

Overview

This title examines the development of the Colonial Rangers in this period, and shows how they were taught to survive in the woods, to fight hand-to-hand, to scalp a fallen foe, and to fight across all types of terrain and in all weather conditions. Based on previously unpublished source material, it paints a vivid picture of the life, appearance and experiences of an American colonial ranger in the northern colonies. Covering the battle at Lovewell's Pond in 1725, a watershed event in New England’s frontier ...
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Overview

This title examines the development of the Colonial Rangers in this period, and shows how they were taught to survive in the woods, to fight hand-to-hand, to scalp a fallen foe, and to fight across all types of terrain and in all weather conditions. Based on previously unpublished source material, it paints a vivid picture of the life, appearance and experiences of an American colonial ranger in the northern colonies. Covering the battle at Lovewell's Pond in 1725, a watershed event in New England’s frontier history, through to King George's War (1740-1748), the rangers were prepared for the final imperial contest for control of North America, the French-Indian War (1754-1763).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841766492
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/15/2004
  • Series: Warrior Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 252,671
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Stephen Zaboly is a highly regarded expert on the 18th-century Rangers. Gary has written many articles for military magazines, and has illustrated and co-written several books, including ‘Blood of Noble Men’ and ‘Roger's St Francis Raid.’ His artwork appears in permanent exhibitions at The Alamo, Texas, and at the Lake George Historical Association.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Chronology 5
Recruitment and Enlistment 7
The frontiersmen
The non-frontiersmen
Training and Tactics 13
Marksmanship
Other disciplines
Provincial draftees
Training the regulars
Miscellaneous ranger tactics
Camp Life 22
Camp duties
Camp diet
Off-duty life
Camp regulations
Health
On Campaign 28
Uniforms and field dress
Winter campaigning
Trail food and emergency subsistence
Other campaign challenges
Esprit de Corps 44
Discipline, mutiny, and desertion
National and ethnic makeup
Rangers in Battle 47
Scalps and prisoners
Close combat
The big battles
Some typical bush fights
Their Legacy 50
Collections, Museums, and Re-Enactments 51
Glossary 52
Bibliography 53
Color Plate Commentary 55
Index 64
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