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.
This important new book 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. The sieges of forts
Detroit and Pitt, as well as the losses of smaller posts, are told
in great detail. Many more obscure events are also brought to life.
Major Robert Rogers’ expedition to the Great Lakes, Captain Thomas
Morris’ brave but futile journey to the Illinois country, the defeat
of Cuyler’s relief party, the remarkable story of the shipwrecked
survivors of the sloop Michigan, the formation of the unique “Platoons,”
the Battle of Buffalo Creek and the little known ambush at Roche
a Davion are all told in exciting detail.
The main text is supplemented with appendices that explain the
makeup of the garrisons of the various posts, what the sites are
like today, and also a retelling of the remarkable Indian captivity
of John Rutherford. In addition to many period drawings and maps,
excellent artwork by modern artists Robert Griffing and Gary Zaboly
brings the text to life.
224 pages, 8 1/2 x 11, paperback, $20.00.