Colonel Henry Bouquet remains one of the most unappreciated British
Army officers from the pre-Revolutionary War period in North America.
During the uneasy peace that followed the French and Indian War,
Bouquet and his Royal Americans, along with troops from the Black
Watch and Highland regiments, protected and rescued settlers on
the western frontiers of Pennsylvania and Maryland from increasingly
frequent Indian attacks. Bouquet’s victory at Bushy Run and his
triumphant march into the Ohio Country essentially halted the Indian
uprising of 1763-1764. With patience, military discipline and tactical
skill, he defeated a resourceful and deadly enemy. Historian Martin
Blumenson called Bouquet the foremost soldier of his day.
Ironically, other British Army defeats and disasters of a more
sensational nature often obscure Bouquet’s brilliant accomplishments.
Military historian and instructor Kenneth P. Stuart thoroughly researched
the official papers of Bouquet and his contemporaries for this detailed
study. Correspondence reveals Bouquet’s highly trained military
mind, his personal frustrations with the colonial assemblies and
the British high command, and his private moments of occasional
This well-rounded work includes maps, illustrations, annotations,
appendices, a select bibliography and an index. 2007, 5½ x 8½, paper,
index, 244 pp., $25.00.