French and Indian War Commemoration - Purple Mountain Press

Commemorating the French and Indian War
1754-1763 * * * 250 Years * * * 2004-2013



by Russel P. Bellico

Empires in the Mountains is the first volume to focus entirely on the campaigns and forts along the Lake Champlain, Lake George, and Hudson River corridor during the French and Indian War (1754-1763). It covers the epic battles of the war in the lake valleys, as well as the arduous task of building fortresses and warships in the wilderness of northern New York. Relying on original documents, the book provides a firsthand human dimension in recounting the extraordinary events of the war. Nicholas Westbrook, director emeritus at Fort Ticonderoga, has suggested that "Not since Francis Parkman. . .has the epic story of the "Warpath of Empire" been told with such sweep and such rich detail." Gary Zaboly, author of A True Ranger, called Empires "a commanding history. . .highly readable and authoritative, easily the best single book" on the subject.

366 pages, 7" x 10", 150 illustrations. 27.50 Paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original


Two Volumes by Ian McCulloch
Three proud Highland regiments fought in North America during the Seven Year's War--the 77th Foot (Montgomery's Highlanders), the 78th Foot (Fraser's Highlanders), and the famous Black Watch, more correctly known at the time as the Royal Highland Regiment. Undoubtedly, the exploits of the 42nd, 77th and 78th Highlanders in some of the most bloody and desperate battles on the North American continent were a critical factor in transforming the overall image of Highlanders from Jacobite rebels to Imperial heroes in the latter half of the 18th century. But the everyday story of these regiments --how they trained, worked, played, fought and died from their own point of view--has never been seriously told.

VOLUME ONE: 392 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, $29.00, paper
VOLUME TWO: 208 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, $19.00, paper

A Purple Mountain Press original co-published with Fort Ticonderoga


by Timothy J. Todish and Todd E. Harburn

221 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2006
20.00 Paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original
At the conclusion of the French Indian War, the triumphant British took possession of a vast area west of the Appalachians in the Great Lakes region. It was not only replete with a lucrative fur trade and almost infinite colonization possibilities, but also hostile Indians harboring lingering loyalties to their former French allies. It was not long before overly-strict British regulation of the fur trade, coupled with a perceived arrogance, further fueled Indian resentment of colonial expansion into their territories. Pontiac's Uprising, or Pontiac's Conspiracy, of 1763, named after the Ottawa chief generally recognized as one of its main catalysts, was the violent, sometimes horrifying tribal reaction in 1763 against two short years of controversial British military rule.

Through So Many Dangers
The Memoirs and Adventures of Robert Kirk, Late of the Royal Highland Regiment

Edited by Ian M. McCulloch and Timothy J. Todish
Introduction by Stephen Brumwell and Artwork by Robert Griffing
174 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2004
20.00 Paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original

This is the first reprint in over 250 years of a young Scot's personal experiences of battle and captivity in the wilderness of North America during the French and Indian War. This small, obscure book was first published in Limerick, Ireland, 1775. Kirkwood's story constitutes a very rare voice-from-the-ranks account of the conflict, a remarkable chronicle by a private soldier of some of the sharpest woods fighting and skirmishing ever encountered by the British army. At a time when scholarly books and articles on colonial North America's 'backcountry' are emerging thick and fast, Through So Many Dangers offers a fresh and compelling voice from a man who experienced that violent and fascinating world first hand—and who, against all the odds, lived to tell the tale. The book is fully annotated and indexed.

America's First First World War
The French and Indian War, 1754-1763

Timothy J. Todish
124 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 2002
15.00 Paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original

Contrary to the belief of many people, America did not fight her first World War in the trenches of Western Europe in 1917- 1918. The first world war in which America was involved was fought on our own native soil, with an impact on our nation's history at least as signifigant as that of the 1917-1918 war. Twenty years before the outbreak of the American Revolution, the colonies were locked in a struggle for their very existence- a struggle that rarely receives more thann a passing word in modern day history books.

The Annotated and Illustrated Journals
of Major Robert Rogers

Timothy J. Todish and illustrated by Gary S. Zaboly
341 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2002
29.00 Paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original

Major Robert Rogers of the Rangers is not only one of the most famous men to come out of Colonial America, he is also one of the most fascinating. This book, reprinted from the rare 1769 Dublin edition of hie Journals, allows the major to tell portions of his life in his own words. To supplement his accounts, numerous annotations have been added by Timothy Todish to give a broader picture of the events described. Most are from eyewitnesses, or at least contemporaries of Rogers. Later secondary sources are used sparingly. Occasionally an annotation, or series of annotations, are used to present tyhe background for the action. Gary Zaboly's wonderful original illustrations, along with his well-written captions, add an invaluable dimension to this edition. They also fill in some gaps in his life that are not specifically covered in the text of the Journals.

Chronicles of Lake George: Journeys in War and Peace
Russell P. Bellico
416 pages, over 200 illustrated, 7 x 10
29.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.

Chronicles of Lake Champlain: Journeys in War and Peace
Russell P. Bellico
440 pages, over 200 illustrated, 7 x 10
29.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.

Firsthand reports of soldiers and travelers on Lake George and Lake Champlain covering 250 years: vivid accounts, each introduced and annotated, bear witness to changes in the lake and people's perceptions of the landscape

Sails and Steam in the Mountains: A Maritime and Military History of Lake George and Lake Champlain
Russell R. Bellico
396 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, revised edition
29.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.
From the French and Indian Wars to the steamboat era, this is the first new history of the two lakes in over 30 years and covers all of the recent underwater finds.

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