Rebellion in the Mohawk Valley
The St. Leger Expedition of 1777
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Rebellion in the Mohawk Valley by James F. Morrison
Book DescriptionIn the summer of 1777, while the British and the Americans were engaged in the bitter American Revolution, a massive campaign was launched from Canada into New York State. Brigadier Barry St. Leger led a crucial expedition from Lake Ontario into the Mohawk Valley. The goal was to travel by waterways to join Lieutenant General John Burgoyne in the siege of Albany. But Leger encountered obstacles along the way. While laying siege to Fort Stanwix, Leger received word that Benedict Arnold was leading a massive relief column that was headed their way. Leger and his men retreated, and despite a later attempt to carry on, were never able to help Burgoyne. The Americans then destroyed the British-held Fort Ticonderoga, marking the end of the campaign. The results of the failed St. Leger expedition were historic. Not only was the loss of Fort Ticonderoga was a major blow to the British war effort, but the campaign also brought about the disillusionment of the Iroquois Confederacy, and saw the founding of the infamous Butler's Rangers and the first major campaign of Sir John Johnson's King's Royal Regiment. Gavin K. Watt is president of the Museum of Applied Military History, a confederation of some 450 volunteer historical animators, but he is perhaps best known as a founder and commanding officer of the recreated King's Royal Yorkers. He is the author of Burning of the Valleys: Daring Raids from Canada against the New York Frontier in the Fall of 1780.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781550023763
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Dundurn Group Ltd
Publisher: Dundurn Group Ltd
Publish Date: 1-May-2002
Country of Publication: Canada
Books By Author James F. Morrison
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Burning of the Valleys, Paperback (March 1997)» View all books by James F. Morrison
In the fifth year of the War of Independence, the Canadian Department waged a decisive campaign against the northern frontier of New York. Their primary target was the Mohawk River region, known to be the 'grainbowl' that fed Washington's armies. This book details the actions of both sides in this exciting and effective British campaign.
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Author Biography - James F. Morrison
Gavin K. Watt is a founding member of the Museum of Applied Military History. He is the author of books on the American Revolution as waged from Canada: Burning of the Valleys and The Flockey, and he co-authored The King's Royal Regiment of New York and The British Campaign of 1777. Gavin currently lives in King City, Ontario.
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