Synopses & Reviews
The second installment in Gavin K. Watt's Revolutionary War series, I am heartily ashamed
picks up where A dirty, trifling piece of business
leaves off. It's a new year with new challenges.
An incredibly fierce Canadian winter was endured before raiding was resumed against the enemy's frontiers. The rebels' Mohawk region defence soon fell into disarray when two colonels jousted for control.
Continued negotiations encouraged Vermont to not support the rebellion and the republic became a haven for loyalists escaping persecution. Vermont's adherents even felt free to militarily challenge New York.
After the poor results of Ross's October raid, Haldimand chose to alter his strategy. For years, his native allies had sent small war parties against the frontiers and, that summer, he gave command of large projects to First Nations leaders whose methods greatly challenged the rebels.
A new British ministry announced a cessation of arms in July, soon followed by peace talks. Despite the ceasefire, Washington ordered an attack on the new British post at Oswego, which failed miserably.
When Haldimand discovered that the treaty's articles threatened the security of Canada and made no provisions for the natives or loyalists, he confessed, "My soul is completely bowed down with grief I am heartily ashamed."
"Although this book stands on its own merits, it should be recognized as a sequel to Volume I, A dirty, trifling piece of business, which describes the Canadian campaign of 1781 against the United States' frontiers"--Introd.
In this second installment in Gavin Watts Revolutionary War series, raiding was resumed and a new British ministry announced a cessation of arms in July. Frederick Haldimand discovered, though, that the treatys articles threatened Canadian security and made no provisions for the Natives or the loyalists
About the Author
Gavin K. Watt is a founding member of the Museum of Applied Military History. He is the author of books on the American Revolution as waged from Canada: Burning of the Valleys and The Flockey, and he co-authored The King's Royal Regiment of New York and The British Campaign of 1777. Gavin currently lives in King City, Ontario.