Americans often think of the Civil War as the conflict that consolidated the United States, including its military values and practices. But there was another, earlier, and more protracted struggle between “North” and “South,” beginning in the 1600s and lasting for more than two centuries, that shaped American geopolitics and military culture. Here, Eliot A. Cohen explains how the American way of war emerged from a lengthy struggle with an unlikely enemy: Canada.
In Conquered into Liberty, Cohen describes how five peoples—the British, French, Americans, Canadians, and Indians—fought over the key to the North American continent: the corridor running from Albany to Montreal dominated by the Champlain valley and known to Native Americans as the “Great Warpath.” He reveals how conflict along these two hundred miles of lake, river, and woodland shaped the country’s military values, practices, and institutions.
Through a vivid narration of a series of fights— woodland skirmishes and massacres, bloody frontal assaults and fleet actions, rear-guard battles and shadowy covert actions—Cohen explores how a distinctively American approach to war developed along the Great Warpath. He weaves together tactics and strategy, battle narratives, and statecraft, introducing readers to such fascinating but little-known figures as Justus Sherwood, loyalist spy; Jeduthan Baldwin, self-taught engineer; and La Corne St. Luc, ruthless partisan leader. And he reintroduces characters we thought we knew—an admirable Benedict Arnold, a traitorous Ethan Allen, and a devious George Washington. A gripping read grounded in serious scholarship, Conquered into Liberty will enchant and inform readers for decades to come.
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Table of Contents
Dramatis Personae xi
Author's Note xvii
Prologue: The Great Warpath 1
Chapter 1 The Schenectady Raid, 1690 17
Chapter 2 Fort William Henry, 1757 41
Chapter 3 The Battle on Snowshoes, 1758 71
Chapter 4 Fort Carillon, 1758 95
Chapter 5 St. Johns, 1775 129
Chapter 6 Valcour Island, 1776 165
Chapter 7 Hubbardton, 1777 197
Chapter 8 Phantom Campaigns, 1778-83 233
Chapter 9 Plattsburgh, 1814 267
Chapter 10 Rumors of War, 1815-71 305
Abbreviations Used in Notes 343
For Further Exploration 373
Map Sources 385
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is the chronicling of "the great warpath" primarily during the colonial period. Reads like a novel. Show the military and cultural importance of the area to two continents. Full of complex and entertaining characters.
This is a wonderful and it can be used to help educate parents, caregivers and some educators. I love where it discussed the three types of learning styles. (Visual Learner, Auditory Learner, Kinesthetic/Tactile Learner) All children do not learn the same way nor at the same pace. This is an excellent resource to be used in schools, churches, and homes. I encourage everyone to purchase and read the book. This book provides helpful information and strategies that can be used to help sharpen your child's skills. Elementary School Teacher Tuscaloosa, Alabama D.R.
The book is a well written account of early American and Canadian history starting well before the Revolutionary War, when the French were still in Canada. However, with that said, the book is essentially without maps of any kind. There are only a few reproduced drawing from historical documents, most of them of specific battles and almost none of them readable. I believe this is a serious deficiency in any history book attempting to depict campaigns and battles over a period of time. In short, unless you have your own atlas of the NE United States and SE Canada in sufficient detail to follow what takes place in the this book I cannot recommend it for purchase.