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To Risk It All: General Forbes, the Capture of Fort Duquesne, and the Course of Empire in the Ohio Country Hardcover – October 20, 2020

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“In this detailed and fast-paced narrative, the Forbes campaign of 1758 finally gets the respect it deserves. By reconstructing the experiences, objectives, and discontents of British troops, provincial soldiers, Native Americans, civilians, and camp followers, Michael McConnell reveals the multi-leveled complexity involved in executing an eighteenth-century European military operation in a contested North American borderland.”—Timothy Shannon, Gettysburg College

“This brilliant study establishes Forbes’s expedition as a decisive event of the Seven Years’ War in America. Michael McConnell argues that the general’s singular embrace of native diplomacy through the Quaker-brokered Treaty of Easton peaceably ended the border war while Forbes methodically marched on Fort Duquesne. With impressive scholarship and clear prose, this book is highly recommended.”—Martin West, former director of Fort Ligonier and editor of Bouquet’s Expedition against the Ohio Indians in 1764


About the Author

Michael N. McConnell is associate emeritus professor of history at University of Alabama at Birmingham and the author of A Country Between: The Upper Ohio Valley and Its Peoples, 1724-1774 and Army and Empire: British Soldiers on the American Frontier, 1758-1775.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.74 pounds
  • Hardcover : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0822946327
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0822946328
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : University of Pittsburgh Press; 1st Edition (October 20, 2020)
  • Language: : English