People’s Army: Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Years’ War

Fred Anderson. A People’s Army: Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Years’ War. Reprint. The University of North Carolina Press, 1996. Anderson sets out to examine New England provincial soldiers and their experiences during what he terms the “last and greatest of America’s colonial wars.” He considers it a work of social history because […]

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A Revolutionary People at War: The Continental Army and American Character, 1775-1783

Charles Royster. A Revolutionary People at War: The Continental Army and American Character, 1775-1783. Reprint. University of North Carolina Press, 1996. In his award winning, sweeping work on the American Revolution, Charles Royster sets out to prove his thesis that “there was an American character prevalent during the War for Independence and that we can […]

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Fabian Strategy and the American Civil War

One of the concepts Millett and Maslowski mention in their book, For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States of America, is the Fabian Strategy. It refers to an approach by one side in a military conflict who avoids big decisive battles in favor of small engagements designed to wear the opposition down, […]

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Fixing an Army – Steuben

I’m still finishing up last week’s reading of A Revolutionary People at War: The Continential Army and American Character, 1775 – 1783 by Charles Royster which has been very interesting albeit a bit redundant at times. It covers in some detail the character of both American (and to some extent British) enlisted men and officers. Also examined are […]

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New Acquisitions – Indian Wars and Military History

Have acquired several new books this week that relate to the class at hand – Studies in U.S. Military History – (see details here).  The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since A.D. 1000 By William H McNeill ISBN 0-226-56158-5 The University of Chicago Press, 1982 405 pages $17.10 King Philip’s War: The […]

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Military History Word of the Day – Trainbands

Reading For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States of America about military activity in America between 1607 – 1689, I ran across the word “trainbands.” Authors Allan R. Millett and Peter Maslowski suggest that colonists brought with them “religious attitudes, economic views, political thoughts, and military ideals and institutions grounded in English history.”[i] This included […]

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