The Fort Ticonderoga Virtual Author Series features presentations by authors of books related to Fort Ticonderoga’s history.
In May 1776, more than two hundred Indian warriors descended the St. Lawrence River to attack Continental forces at the Cedars, west of Montreal, in the war’s first substantial Indian battles. Over three days’ fighting, the Native Americans and their British and Canadian allies forced an American fort to surrender and ambushed a fatally delayed relief column. In his new book, historian Mark R. Anderson addresses traditional questions of massacre and cowardice in the affair, while focusing primarily on the campaign’s Native participants—their motivations, battlefield conduct, and the event’s impact in their world.
Mark R. Anderson is an independent historian and retired U.S. Air Force officer, author of The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony: America’s War of Liberation in Canada, 1774-1776 (2013); The Invasion of Canada by the Americans, 1775-1776: As Told through Jean-Baptiste Badeaux’s Three Rivers Journal and New York Captain William Goforth’s Letters (2016); and an essay contributor to The 10 Key Campaigns of the American Revolution (2020).
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