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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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"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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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).Read more ›
Paul C. Daiute
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.