The Annotated and Illustrated Journals of Major Robert Rogers - Purple Mountain Press


by Timothy J. Todish and illustrated by Gary Zaboly

Page 41, Campaign of 1755- 1756

"January 14, 1756. This day I marched with a party of seventeen men, to rec/-onnoitre the French forts; we proceeded down the lake, on the ice, upon skaits, and halted for refreshment near the fall out of Lake George into Lake Champlain.-At night we renewed our march, and, by day- break on the 16th, formed an ambush on a point of land on the east shore of Lake Champlain, within gunshot of the path in which the enemy passed from one fort to another. About sun- rise, two sledges laden with fresh beef were presented to our view, we intercepted the drivers, destroying their loading, and afterwords returned to Fort William Henry, wher I arrived with my prisoners and party in good health the 17th."

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 his 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 atleast contemporaries of Rogers. Later secondary sources are used sparingly. Occasionally an annotation, or series of annotations, are used to present the 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.

Timothy J. Todish, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has had a nealry lifelong interest in Roger's Rangers and the French and Indian War. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with degree in Management... Now retired from the Grand Rapids Police Department wityh over 27 years service, Todish works as an independent historical writer and consultant, specializing in French and Indian War and Alamo periods. He provided background information ans worked as an extra in the 1992 movie The Last of the Mohicans, and also served as the technical advisor and appeared as an extra in the award- winning History Channel documentary Frontier: Legends of the Old Northwest. He has also done consulting for such productions as the Learning Channel show Archaeology, and the PBS series Anyplace Wild. Todish has written articles for a number of historical publications, and is on the Special Features staff and is a regular contributor to Muzzleloader magazine. In addition to his books, he has written a number of historical articles for such magazines as The Journal of the Forces of Montcalm & Wolfe, Living History, Smoke & Fire News and F & I War.

Gary Zaboly developed a very early interest in American colonial and frontier history. His education included courses in drawing and painting at the High School of Art and Design and the Art Students League. Some of the books he has illustrated include the award- winning Texian Iliad, by Stephen L. Hardin, Rising Above Circumstances:The Rogers Family in Colonial America, by Robert Rogers, Blood of Noble Men: The Alamo Siege and Battle, An Illustrated Chronology, by Allen C. Huffines, On the Prarie At Palo Alto, by Charles M. Haecker and Jeffrey G. Mauck, as well as two upcoming books by eminent Rogers Ranger historian Burt Garfield Loescher. His artwork is on permanant display at the Alamo, in San Antonio, in the form wayside signs placed around the site depicting its appearance in 1836, and in illustrations on the outdoor exhibit, thje Wall of History. His work, both illustrated and written, has appeared in some sixty books and magazine articles, some os the latter published in The Alamo Journal, American History Illustrated, The Bulletin of Fort Ticonderoga Museum, French and Indian War Quarterly, Military Collector and Historian, Muzzle Blasts, Muzzleloader, Old West and True West.

341 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, bibliography, index
$29.00 Paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original

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