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Bloody Mohawk: The French and Indian War & American Revolution on New York's Frontier Paperback – 26 Feb 2010

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  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dome Press; 1 edition (26 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883789664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883789664
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bloody Mohawk offers an enjoyable and readable run through the history of the Mohawk River Valley. ... I love the way Berleth balances a mighty landscape against equally compelling characters. -- Kathleen Hulser, Public Historian, Senior Curator of History, The New-York Historical Society "Public Historian, Senior Curator of History, The New-York Historical Society"

"Richard Berleth creates an exceptional narrative here that is forever driven by the unique geography of the Mohawk Valley, as well as by the people who settled there from the powerful Iroquois, to avaricious European fur traders, to the colonials who fought in and ultimately won a series of devastating eighteenth-century wars." -- Robert Weibel "New York State Historian and Chief Curator, New York State Museum"

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This sweeping historical narrative chronicles events instrumental in the painful birth of a new nationfrom the Bloody Morning Scout and the massacre at Fort William Henry to the disastrous siege of Quebec, the heroic but lopsided Battle of Valcour Island, the horrors of Oriskany, and the tragedies of Pennsylvania's Wyoming Valley massacre and the Sullivan-Clinton Expedition's destruction of the Iroquois homeland in western New York State. Caught in the middle of it all was the Mohawk River Valley.

Berleth explores the relationship of early settlers on the Mohawk frontier to the Iroquoian people who made their homes beside the great river. He introduces colonists and native leaders in all their diversity of culture and belief. Dramatic profiles of key participants provide perspectives through which contemporaries struggled to understand events. Sir William Johnson is here first as a shopkeeper, then as a brother Mohawk and militia leader, and lastly as a crown official charged with supervising North American Indian affairs. We meet the frontier ambassador Conrad Weiser, survivor of the Palatine immigration, who agreed not at all with Johnson or his party. And we encounter the young missionary, Samuel Kirkland, as he leaves Johnson's household for a fateful sojourn among the Senecas.

Johnson's heirs did much to precipitate the outbreak of violent hostilities along the Mohawk in the first months of the War of Independence. Berleth shows how the Johnson family sought to save their patrimony in the valley just as patriot forces maneuvered to win Native American support. When Joseph Brant rushed Native Americans to war behind the British, it fell to General Philip Schuyler, wealthy scion of an old Albany family, to find a way to protect the Mohawk region from British incursion. His invasion of Canada fails; his tattered army fights at Valcour Island, Ticonderoga, Hubbardton, retreating steadily. Not until on the line of the Mohawk was the enemy stopped.


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This period of history is one largely ignored in Britain, apart from the capture of Quebec. This is a first rate book to fill at least part of that missing story, covering both the French and Indian Wars and the later American War of Independence in New York State. It is well written, with good maps and illustrations, but the one small drawback is that these are not in colour. There is also a good bibliography. I recommend this to anyone interested in the history of the American colonies in the period leading up to independence.
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An excellent book! Having read a great many historical accounts of British overseas enterprises, I can truly say that this ranks as one of the best. Well researched, simply written and well presented.
My only regret is that the book came to an end.
Dr. Thomas Heron
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I was disappointed. I thought I would love this book, but just couldn't get into it and didn't finish it. Doubtless, I will return to it at a later date.
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