Army and empire: British soldiers on the American frontier, by Michael N. McConnell

By Michael N. McConnell

The tip of the Seven Years’ conflict discovered Britain’s specialist military in the USA dealing with new and unexpected obligations. as well as occupying the lately conquered French settlements in Canada, redcoats have been ordered into the trans-Appalachian west, into the little-known and masses disputed territories that lay among British, French, and Spanish the USA. There the warriors came upon themselves serving as occupiers, police, and diplomats in an unlimited territory marked via severe climatic variation—a international decidedly various from Britain or the settled American colonies. Going past the battle adventure, military and Empire examines the lives and reviews of British infantrymen within the advanced, evolving cultural frontiers of the West in British the US. From the 1st visual appeal of the redcoats within the West until eventually the outbreak of the yank Revolution, Michael N. McConnell explores all elements of peacetime carrier, together with the warriors’ nutrition and future health, psychological healthiness, social lifestyles, transportation, garments, and the outfitted environments during which they lived and labored. McConnell appears to be like on the military at the frontier for what it used to be: a suite of small groups of guys, girls, and youngsters confronted with the demanding situations of surviving at the some distance western fringe of empire. (20060119)

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Col. James Robertson, Gen. 0pt ——— Norma PgEnds [18], (1 british occupation of the west 19 some” and that “the inhabitants enjoy as much health . . ” What Gage failed to understand was that Robertson’s report cited conditions prevailing during the winter of 1763; as local garrisons would soon discover, summer and autumn typically were times of sickness and death. 34 Yet while most initial impressions of the frontier painted an encouraging picture, not everyone was impressed. Perhaps struck more by the distances he traveled and the physical isolation of his new home than by the majesty of forests and falls, Captain Schlosser wrote from Niagara of “our exile,” a view doubtless shared by many of his soldiers, whose knowledge of the West was even less expansive than that of their more privileged officers.

The Rogers expedition was the first of these. 0pt P ——— Normal Pa PgEnds: T [19], (19) 20 british occupation of the west of the region. General Amherst planned for Rogers and Brehm to continue into the upper lakes, but bad weather and an uncertain reception by natives kept them from venturing beyond Detroit. Nevertheless, Brehm’s journal included much valuable information: the first detailed British account of the Niagara passage, a sketch map of Lake Erie, and notes on his route, the surrounding countryside, and the Indian inhabitants.

Orders to the relieving regiment, however, the 18th, were kept from the troops until the last possible moment to limit desertions. 58 We can gain some appreciation of what was involved in rotating regiments through the frontier by examining one episode in 1766–67. By the end of 1766 Gage had relieved the 17th Foot, which had been on the Great Lakes since late 1764, with the second battalion of the Royal Americans from Canada. At the same time he moved the 17th and 46th regiments to New York and the 28th Foot from its station in Canada to New Jersey; they were to go to Britain the following year with the arrival of four new regiments: the 10th, 16th, 18th, and 26th.

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