Frontier Forts Under Fire: The Attacks on Fort William Henry (1757) and Fort Phil Kearny (1866)

Frontier Forts Under Fire: The Attacks on Fort William Henry (1757) and Fort Phil Kearny (1866)

by Paul Williams


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Fort William Henry and Fort Phil Kearny were both military outposts of the North American frontier. Both lasted but briefly—about two years from construction until their walls went up in flames. And both saw what were termed "massacres" by Indians outside their walls.
This book reexamines the traumatic events at both forts. The Fort William Henry Massacre was condemned by both the British and the French as barbaric. Yet these European powers proved capable of similar crimes. The Fort Phil Kearny defeat, traditionally attributed to Captain William Fetterman's having disobeyed orders, has been scrutinized in recent years. Did the women present at that time write a distorted version of events?
It would appear that his second-in-command, the rash Lieutenant George Grummond, led the charge over Lodge Trail Ridge. Or did he?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476670935
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/26/2017
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The late Paul Williams worked in the television and film industries as a writer, producer and director. He wrote several books about the American frontier and the Civil War. He lived in Melbourne, Australia.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Preface 1

 1. Sabbath Day Point 3

 2. Disaster on the Monongahela 9

 3. Revenge at Lake George 20

 4. The French Strike Back 27

 5. Fire and Ice: The Winter Raid 35

 6. Fort William Henry Aware 40

 7. Montcalm Arrives 45

 8. The Siege Tightens: Webb Nowhere in Sight 53

 9. A Demand for Surrender 59

10. We Must Fall into the Hands of Our Enemies 64

11. Massacre 70

12. Outrage 75

13. Carnage at Fort Carillon 81

14. The Death Throes of Fort Duquesne 88

15. Québec 94

16. England, Mistress of Canada 100

17. Dakota Territory, 1866 103

18. On the Bozeman Trail 114

19. Fort Phil Kearny Takes Shape 122

20. A Summons to Duty 132

21. A Forgotten Battalion 142

22. Fetterman Arrives 149

23. Over Lodge Trail Ridge 159

24. Preparation for an Unparalleled Defense 168

25. Fixing the Blame 175

26. One and All Gloried in Abuse 180

27. The Disaster Probed 187

28. Red Cloud’s Resolve 192

29. The Wagon Box Fight 198

30. Finale 203

Appendix: Henry Carrington’s Report of January 3, 1867 211

Chapter Notes 215

Bibliography 225

Index 231

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