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The Travels of Peter Kalm, Finish-Swedish Naturalist,
Through Colonial North America, 1748-1751

Paula Ivaska Robbins
213 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 2007, 19.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
Linnaeus, the great Swedish naturalist, sent Peter Kalm, his favorite disciple, to botanize in North America in the mid-eighteenth century. Kalm is remembered today not only for the botanical information and specimans he brought back to Europe but for his journal, a rich source for information about colonial life. "[W]e must be grateful to Paula Ivaska Robbins for the first general-interest biography of Kalm in English." --The Wall Street Journal


The British Artillery in the 1776 Valcour Island and 1777 Saratoga Campaigns

Douglas R. Cubbison
120 pages, 8.5 x 11, illustrated, 2008
19.00 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original
This illustrated history highlights the efforts and contributions of the British Corps of Artillery in the Valcour Island campaign of 1776 and the Saratoga Campaign of 1777, recounting the participation by both the British Royal Artillery and that of the Hesse Hanau Artillery, who served as hired allies of the British.

Sons of the Mountains:
The Highland Regiments in the French and Indian War, 1756-1767

Two volumes by Ian Macpherson McCulloch (sold separately)
Volume One: 367 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2006
29.00 Paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original
Volume Two: 195 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2006
19.00 Paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original
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. 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 before now.

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.

"A Most Troublesome Situation": The British Military and the Pontiac Indian Uprising of 1763-1764
223 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, index, 2006
20.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
This important history looks at the Pontiac Uprising through the eyes of the British military, yet treats both sides fairly and honestly. There was legitimacy to the positions of both the British and the Indians, but it was also a brutal war in which both committed extreme, and sometimes unnecessary, acts of violence. Using numerous excerpts from period accounts, the authors tell the story through the eyes and the minds of those who were caught up in it.


D I V E !
The Story of David Bushnell and His Remarkable 1776 Submarine (and Torpedo)

Lincoln Diamant
40 pp, illusrated, 6 x 9, 2003
6.00 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press original
This true story of the American Revolution tells how a secretive Yankee genius, David Bushnell, set his sights on the Royal Navy and built the world's first submarine to carry the world's first torpedo. It was deployed in Long Island Sound to the consternation of the British fleet.

Defending the Hudson in the American Revolution
Lincoln Diamant and George S. Gardner
48 pp, illustrated, 6 x 9, 2004
6.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
From the earliest days of the Revolution, it was an article of faith among military planners that whoever dominated the Hudson Valley would control the course of the war. Detailed maps show the precise location of every defensive work in the valley.

The Battle of Fort Montgomery: A Short History
Jan Sheldon Conley
37 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.25, 2002
6.50 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press original.
Forts Montgomery and Clinton, located just south of West Point, were built for the defense of the Hudson Highlands in 1776. It was here that British and loyalist troops overwhelmed Brigadier General George Clinton's outnumbered patriots in October 1777. Although the Americans lost the battle for the Highlands, a relative handful of Americans aided in delaying British reinforcements from joining General John Burgoyne in the upper Hudson Valley and allowed General Horatio Gates to gain much needed militia reinforcements in time to ultimately win Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga.


Marinus Willett: Defender of the Northern Frontier
Larry Lowenthal
104 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, index, 2000
15.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
During the War for Independence, citizens like Marinus Willett truly risked their "lives, fortunes and sacred honor" to establish a republic in which they fervently believed. Willett's bravery and unflinching dedication to the cause of liberty made him a hero of Fort Stanwix in 1777 and saved the Northern Frontier for the patriot cause in 1781.

Sybil Ludington: The Call to Arms
V. T. Dacquino
104 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 2000 15.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
Sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington earned a place in American history on a rainy night in 1777 when she rode 40 miles to muster her father's regiment to the defense of New York and Connecticut.

Sybil Ludington: Discovering the Life of a Revolutionary War Hero
V. T. Dacquino
35 pages, full color, 5.5 x 8.5, 2000
6.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original for young readers: 9-12
Discover the life story of this exceptional woman through the use of original documents.

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