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Rustic Warriors: Warfare and the Provincial Soldier on the New England Frontier, 1689-1748 (Warfare and Culture) Hardcover – November 1, 2011

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"Steven Eames renders a scholarly social history that challenges some views of the provincial soldier...[he] writes clearly, and his narrative is livened with numerous quotes from primary sources. We learn of the provincial soldier from his own words."-Post Library

"A useful work...recommended."-R.P. Gildrie,CHOICE

"Eames has added a valuable description of the nature of war that dominated New England for much of the century leading to 1775."-Richard I. Melvoin,American Journal of American History

"Rustic Warrior is an important contribution to the military history of colonial America."-American Historical Review

"An ambitious and well-researched attempt to understand anew the provincial soldier and the particular circumstances of war on the New England frontier."- H-Net Reviews

"The book is made up of a superb introduction and eleven chapters...Eames has produced a book that makes a much-needed contribution to the 'new military history' (which blends social and military history) that will appeal to the motivated students of history who belong to Phi Alpha Theta."- The Historian

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Steven C. Eames is Professor of History at Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts. 
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  • Series: Warfare and Culture
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814722709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814722701
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,420,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very well done survey of the New England provincial soldier in the "Early French Wars" in the first half of the 18th-century. The frontier towns of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine became targets for Eastern Abenaki raiders (sometimes acting as French proxies, and sometimes for their own reasons). The English colonists had no chance of eliminating the French threat in Quebec on their own without British help (and knew it), so the best they could do was try to block, re-channel, and keep off-balance the Indian warriors themselves.

The book's first part is "Warfare on the New England Frontier", with chapters on "Garrisons" (still a housing "style" here in New England), "Provincial Forts" (acting as magnets to draw Indian raiders away from the settlements), "Scouts", "Expeditions" (partnering with the British Army and Navy on major strikes, as at Port Royal and Louisbourg), and "Stores of War" (on the logistic umbilical that fed it all). The "Scouts" chapter was particularly interesting, detailing the almost constant patrolling of the Maine and New Hampshire woods and raids on the Norridgewocks and Pequawkets.

Rustic Warrior's second section "The Provincial Soldier" covers "Recruiting" (volunteers and pressed men), "Officers" (how leaders were chosen), "Battle Drill" (European-style linear tactics didn't work so well in the wilderness, while hunting skills translated easily to frontier warfare), "Battle Experience", and "Wounds" (on the physical and financial costs to the injured veteran). I thought the best chapter here was "Battle Experience", where Prof. Eames takes the John Keegan "Face of Battle" approach, focusing on what battle was like for the soldier, rather than tactical detail (which is fairly sparse anyway in the primary sources).
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This is an excellent study of colonial American provincial soldiers and the militias of New England, particularly of northern New England. Learn what the differences are between the two. Learn about the logistics and politics of keeping both forces in the field, either away from home "ranging" along the frontier, or those who protected the home front and frontier garrisons from the French and Indians during the colonial wars. Learn about the structures of these forces and their relationships to the English Regular forces. This is not a book for beginners, but meant for those of you who already have a decent working knowledge of this time period and what it took to live in fear of a potential attack at any time. Steve Eames will give you a better insite into the issues of the day and what it took to maintain all the moving parts of our American colonial forces at work.
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An excellent assessment of New England provincial troops and their performance in conflicts from the 1690s through King George's War. The author combines the strengths of an academic historian with an understanding of the material culture of the period to produce a balanced view of the skills and limitations of the region's frontier warriors.
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By Sue on February 21, 2014
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Mr. Ames has written a classic and a must read for any one interested in New England colonial history. Rustic Warriors is an easy and fast read. The book is a college semesters worth of information.
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This is a well done survey of an important era in a portion of the colonial frontier. I suspect that some of what Eames describes can be generalized to other militias. It differs from other related accounts I have read in assigning importance and competence to a colonial militia rather than dwelling on problems with the system. It's also a reminder that these colonial forebears of ours lived in a volatile, threatening time when war or the threat of war were a normal fact of life, and when raids by Indians (sometimes in alliance with the French, sometimes not) could erupt at any time.

Chapters describe the background to the early wars with the French, the militia system, supply, weapons, campaign style, the garrison houses, and more. The book clearly describes all these and aside from all the information, is well written and a good read. It covers primarily the frontier of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine (then nominally a part of MA). A weakness is no illustrations and mediocre maps.
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