The Great Warpath: British Military Sites from Albany to Crown Point

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The waterway that runs between Albany and Canada contains the richest cluster of 18th-century military sites in the US. Fort William Henry and Fort Ticonderoga experienced fierce conflict during the French and Indian War, and the Saratoga Battlefield is forever linked to the American Revolution. While military historians have told and retold stories of the area's battles and generals, archeologist David Starbuck turns to the daily lives of soldiers, officers, and camp followers by examining the many objects and artifacts they left behind.

Enhanced by 150 photographs and drawings, Starbuck's interpretation of the journals, huts, pottery, ammunition, and other artifacts found at encampments and forts in the Lake Champlain, Lake George, and Hudson River area vividly re-creates the difficulties of soldiering. Because Starbuck and his crews unearthed many of these discoveries, his excitement drives the narrative and enhances an understanding of how colonial American battles were fought.

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"[Starbuck's] most ambitious and best work to date . . . a joy to read . . . This material is of great interest to living historians, and the book presents it extremely well in both text and illustrations." —Muzzleloader
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874519037
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 222
  • Sales rank: 706,340
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID STARBUCK, coauthor of A Shaker Family Album and author of numerous articles on archeological sites across New England, teaches archeology at Plymouth State College.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 A Most Historic Waterway 1
Deciding Where to Dig 3
What's Wrong with Treasure-Hunting? 5
Military Sites in Albany 7
Ch. 2 The Turning Point of the Revolution: The Saratoga Battlefield 20
Ch. 3 The Third Largest City in America: Fort Edward and Rogers Island 54
Military Hospitals 57
Ch. 4 The Scene of the Massacre: Fort William Henry 83
The Role of Women at Military Camps 86
Ch. 5 After the Massacre: The Village of Lake George 111
Ch. 6 The Most Intact Revolutionary War Site in America: Mount Independence 124
Fort Ticonderoga 128
The Hubbardton Battlefield 134
Ch. 7 The Largest Fortification of Them All: Crown Point 160
Ch. 8 Archeology Beneath the Water: Lake George and Lake Champlain 174
The Ferris Site in Panton, Vermont 176
Ch. 9 Some Final Thoughts about The Great Warpath 193
Glossary of Terms 199
Index 203
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