Rebellion in the Mohawk Valley: The St. Leger Expedition of 1777 (Google eBook)

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Dundurn, 2002 - History - 429 pages
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In 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.

  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
11
1776 A Year of Manoeuvring
27
The Launch of the Expedition
56
Not Quite as Planned
81
Too Little Too Late
107
The March of the Tryon County Militia
136
Ambuscade at Oriskany
155
Tryon County Smiled Through Tears
176
The Puny Siege
224
The Ignominious End of the Siege
240
Retracing Its Steps
262
The Curtain Falls
287
Epilogue Of Grand Strategy
311
Bibliography
328
Endnotes
342
Index
410

The Standoff
195

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About the author (2002)

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 (Dundurn, 1996).

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