Highlander in the French-Indian War: 1756-67

Overview

Colonial American historian Ian Macpherson McCulloch uses rare sources to bring to life the stirring story of the three Scottish Highland regiments that operated in North America during the French-Indian War (1754-1763). Forbidden to carry arms or wear the kilt unless they served the British King, many former Jacobite rebels joined the new Highland regiments raised in North America. Involved in some of the most bloody and desperate battles fought on the North American continent, Highlanders successfully ...
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Overview

Colonial American historian Ian Macpherson McCulloch uses rare sources to bring to life the stirring story of the three Scottish Highland regiments that operated in North America during the French-Indian War (1754-1763). Forbidden to carry arms or wear the kilt unless they served the British King, many former Jacobite rebels joined the new Highland regiments raised in North America. Involved in some of the most bloody and desperate battles fought on the North American continent, Highlanders successfully transformed their image from enemies of the crown to Imperial heroes. The author pays particular attention to the part they played at Ticonderoga, Sillery, Bushy Run and on the Plains of Abraham, Quebec.
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"Ian MacPherson's McCulloch's Highlander in the French-Indian War 1756-67 joins the 'Warrior' series in focusing on the daily lives of the fighting men of the times, and comes from a Colonial American historian who uses rare resources and color art to capture the story of three Scottish Highland regiments that operated in North America even though forbidden to wear the kilt or carry arms." -California Bookwatch (April 2008)

"Overall another superlative Osprey book and one that is both an interesting and enjoyable read. I'm sure you will agree." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (January 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846032745
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Series: Warrior Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 785,214
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

A former Deputy Director of History & Heritage for the Canadian Armed Forces and past commanding officer of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, Lt Col McCulloch holds a graduate degree in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is now serving as a NATO senior staff officer at Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia. He has written extensively for military history journals and magazines in Canada, the US and the UK. In 1998 he served as a historical consultant on CBC's Canada: A People's History, and has also appeared on A&E's Civil War Journal. Ian's latest book is Sons of the Mountains: The Highland Regiments in the French and Indian War, 1756-67 (Purple Mountain Press, 2006). The author lives in Virginia Beach, VA.
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Table of Contents

Introduction     4
Chronology     6
Recruitment and Enlistment     10
Training     16
Dress, Appearance, and Equipment     19
Jackets
Belted plaid
Dirk and pommel
Backswords
Highland pistols and carbines
Belief and Belonging     27
Bards
Pipers
Language
Racism
Conditions of Service     33
Accommodations
Everyday tasks
Religious service
Freemasonry
Off-duty pastimes
Food and diet
Drink
Crime and punishment
Women and children
On Campaign     46
Weather
Wildlife
Terrain
Scalping and torture
Medical services
The Experience of Battle     54
The battles and sieges of James Thompson
Aftermath     59
Museums, Memorials, and Reenactment     62
Select Bibliography     63
Index     64
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2008

    Recruit the Highland Lads!

    This is very possibly the best book from Osprey Military Publishing I have ever read. I have never found any of them to be half as captivating as this one, yet in the same breath it is thoroughly researched and packed with information on the topic. As the title indicates, this book's focus is on the three regiments of Highland infantry who were recruited for service in the New World, and experienced the hellish fighting and campaigning of the French-Indian War. Most of the original recruits were about 18 in age, and were sons of the Highlanders who had charged the Moor of Culloden. The only way the new generation of Highlanders could take to the battlefield in kilt and plaid with the traditional weapons of their forefathers was if they fought afield for the Crown, and so many were urged to 'go for a soldier' by their families. The author takes a fresh new look at the Highlanders serving in America, and the British world in general in the 18th Century. He dispells with some common misconceptions and stereotypes, like that all the Highlanders were giants and born warriors 'most were reluctant young farmers standing about 5'4'''. Just some of the many fascinating topics explored in this book are the Highlanders' training, the finer details of their dress and weaponry, their medicines and diets, their tactics and the bloody experiences of Indian fighting, as well as their relationships with their comrades, women, religion, other ethnic groups, and even the wild animals of the Frontier. The color plates, by the talented Steve Noon, are some of the best I have yet seen from Osprey. Unfortunately, we only get 7 of them, but they are all colorful and detailed, and some contain hidden humor. The 4 battle-scenes in particular are excellent the artist does a breathtaking job capturing the raw emotions and expressions of the sword-wielding Highlanders as they clash with the French and the Indians. This book is the first in a new 'and in my opinion, a much more attractive' Warrior format. Some of the photographs and drawings are in color, a first for Osprey. Also, like some other recent Warrior titles, the color plates are scattered throughout the text rather than grouped together in the center as in most Osprey books I find that I like this better, especially since plate commentaries are next to the paintings instead of at the back of the book. In short, this is a detailed, highly informative, hard-to-put-down, and beautifully illustrated guide to the young Highlanders who left their homes for the other side of the earth, some because they were made to, others because they longed for adventure or the chance to avenge their clans' honor. It is a must for anyone interested in Scottish military history or the French-Indian Wars, and serves as something of a sequel to Osprey's many valuable titles on the Jacobite Revolts and the Culloden Campaign.

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