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Rustic Warriors: Warfare and the Provincial Soldier on the New England Frontier, 1689-1748

Steven Eames


The early French Wars (1689–1748) in North America saw provincial soldiers, or British white settlers, in Massachusetts and New Hampshire fight against New France and her Native American allies with minimal involvement from England. Most British officers and government officials viewed the colonial soldiers as ill-disciplined, unprofessional, and incompetent: General John Forbes called them “a gathering from the scum of the worst people.” Taking issue with historians who have criticized provincial soldiers' battlefield style, strategy, and conduct, the book demonstrates that what developed in ... More

Keywords: French Wars, North America, provincial soldiers, colonial soldiers, early New England, European military strategy, frontier fighting, Native American warfare, war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814722701
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814722701.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Eames, author