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Sons of the Mountains: The Highland Regiments in the French and Indian War, 1756-1767 Paperback – May 20, 2006
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Lt. Col. Ian McCulloch is a former commander of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada. He has written extensively on Canadian and North American military history.
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in the America's this book is a must. Col McCulloch tells a great story with much detail, Language, uniforms, tactics et al. There is a companion work (a bit pricey I thought). Let me recommend a solution Osprey has published a book "Highlander in the French and Indian War" written by the same author an excellent book with superb art work and text. This is the ideal companion and the price is right. Have a great read.
Sons of the Mountains, Volume 1, consists of 17 chapters, that chronologically follows the formation, deployment and operations of the 42nd Foot `Black Watch,' 77th Foot `Montgomery's,' and 78th Foot `Fraser's' in both America and Canada. The level of military detail and the research that went into this volume is impressive - far beyond a mere regimental history. Rather, this volume is almost an operational-level history, but viewed through the tactical lens of three very elite regiments. The author's feel for this subject is crucial in delivering the importance of the role of these units, particularly in outlining the history behind the Highlanders after the defeat at Culloden in 1745. Forbidden to wear their kilts in Scotland, the proud Scottish Highlanders could only wear their clan regalia while serving in the British Army. Thus the irony, that the Highlanders were willing to serve in the ranks of their former foes, adds a level of interest and uniqueness to this narrative.
Volume 1 revolves around five critical battles or campaigns: Louisburg 1758, Ticonderoga 1758, Fort Duquesne 1758, Quebec 1759-60 against the French and Bushy Run 1763 against the Indians. Each action is well supported by detailed tactical maps that depict both terrain and unit movements. Unlike some other recent books on the French and Indian War, like Fred Anderson's Crucible of War, the maps in Sons of the Mountains are actually legible and useful for describing a military action. Indeed, the greatest value in this series - in addition to providing a great glimpse into the personal experiences of Highland soldiers at war - is in adding a level of military detail that has been sorely lacking from the standard histories of the French and Indian War.
IAN M. MCCULLOCH
PURPLE MOUNTAIN PRESS, 2006
QUALITY SOFTCOVER, $29.00, 368 PAGES, ILLUSTRATIONS, MAPS
Scottish soldiers have always been in much demand for their fighting qualities. In the early 15th Century, for instance, a regiment of Scots Guards were maintained by Charles VII of France, augmented by a force of 7,000 under the Earl of Buchan, who later became Constable of France. A Scottish brigade of four regiments, together with an English brigade, were in Dutch service, while Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden employed at one time 18 British regiments, 13 of which were Scottish. Unrest in Scotland in the later years of Charles II's reign, and the constitutional crisis in all three kingdoms in James II's brief period on the throne, necessitated the raising of a number of new regiments in Scotland. The Highland clan system was based on the strength of family and tribal loyalty, and a feudal obligation of the clansmen to maintain the chief materially and by military service. In many parts of the Highlands, even in the early 18th Century, many clans still lived by the sword. The clansmen were the most determined of fighters, proudly standing by their own codes of loyalty and conduct. They were of course hated by the Lowlanders, whose fear was undoubtedly enhanced by the Highlanders' dress and warlike appearance. Their quality as fighters was recognized by the military authorities, and in the later part of the 17th Century, companies of Highlanders had been forced to serve the Crown in policing parts of the Highlands. Thus, once the loyalty of individual Highland clansmen could be assured, the government capitalized on this supply of willing military manpower and a number of regular regiments were raised in the Highlands. Military service offered the opportunity for honorable employment, pay, and the lawful wearing of the Highland dress, which had been proscribed by the 1746 Act of Parliament. Moreover, the system of regimental command and personal loyalities was quite natural to the clansmen; thus the focus of their warlike instincts was in time transfered from the clan to the Highland regiments, which they served with passionate pride. In turn, these regiments contributed significantly to the strength of the regimental system, which only in later years was given a territorial basis. The British Army was heavily involved in three theaters during the Seven Years War (1756-1763), and a large number of regiments were raised including many in Scotland. Three of these regiments-42nd Regiment of Foot or the Royal Highland Regiment (Black Watch) was initially the 43rd Regiment of Foot, the 77th Regiment of Foot (Montgomery's), and the 78th Regiment of Foot (Fraser's) were raised and served in North America. In SONS OF THE MOUNTAINS: THE HIGHLAND REGIMENTS IN THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, 1756-1767- VOLUME 1, Colonial American historian Ian M. McCulloch uses rare sources and illustrations to tell the stirring story of these three Scottish Highland regiments that fought in North America during the Seen Years' War. VOLUME 1 consists of 17 chapters that follow each regiment chronologically. The author's first volume revolves around five critical engagements or campaigns: Louisburg in 1758, Ticonderoga in 1758, Fort Duquesne in 1758, Quebec 1759-1760, and Bushy Run in 1763 against the Native Americans. The 77th would be disbanded in 1763 while the 78th would be disbanded in 1767. Both the illustrations and maps are excellant and help the reader understand the above mentioned bloody and desperate battles these three regiments fought in. This volume and its subsequent second volume belong in the library of any student of the French and Indian War. Highly recommended reading.
Lt. Colonel Robert A. Lynn, Florida Guard