This Is The Second Volume Of Michael Logusz S Epic Work On The Wilderness War Of , In Which The British Army, With Its German, Loyalist, And Indian Auxiliaries, Attempted To Descend From Canada To Sever The Nascent American Colonies, Only To Be Met By Patriot Formations Contesting The Invasion Of Their Newly Declared NationIn His First Volume, On The Saratoga Campaign, The Author Described How Burgoyne S Main Thrust Was First Stalled And Then Obliterated During Its Advance Down The Hudson River Burgoyne Had Hoped To Be Met By A Corresponding British Thrust From New York City, But This Never Materialized, Lord Howe Opting To Attack Philadelphia Instead But The British Had Indeed Launched A Third Thrust From The West, Embarking From Lake Ontario At Oswego And Thence Forging Its Way Down The Mohawk ValleyThis Third British Thrust, Under General Barry St Leger, Was Perhaps The Most Terrifying Of All, As It Overran A Sparsely Populated Wilderness Where Every Man And Boy Had Long Needed To Bear Arms To Protect Against The Ravages Of The Iroquois Federation Yet Now The British Imitating The French Before Them Had Made Common Cause With Those Same Indians, Who Now Roamed Across The Frontier As The Warpainted Spearhead Of The Empire S New AttackAt Fort Stanwix In Upstate New York A Patriot Former British Fort Held Fast, Though Surrounded By St Leger S Forces And His Mohawk And Loyalist Auxiliaries A Relief Column Some Strong Under Nicholas Herkimer Attempted To Relieve The Fort, But It Was Ambushed En Route With Most Of Its Men Including The Entire Male Population Of Several Nearby Communities Killed Or Wounded At This Battle Of Oriskany, The Basis For The Movie Drums Along The Mohawk, Herkimer Himself Was Mortally Wounded Fortunately A Sally From Fort Stanwix Raided The Indian Camp During The Battle, Compelling Many Of The Warriors To Desist From Annihilating The Entire ColumnIn The End, Fort Stanwix Was Relieved Only When Benedict Arnold Soon To Excel At Saratoga, Just As He Had Done At Valcour Island And Elsewhere Throughout The Revolution Marched His Troops Through And Forced The British To Give Up Their Western OnslaughtIn This Book, As In His Highly Acclaimed First Volume, The Author Captures The Terrain, Tactics And Terror Of This Brutal, Multifaceted Wilderness War As Few Writers Have Done Before It Was Neighbor Against Neighbor, Native Americans On Both Sides, And European Professionals Against Colonial Patriots, In A Desperate Campaign That Helped Determine America S FateVIEWS Using Colorful Storytelling Techniques, Logusz Captures The Personalities Of Those Individuals Who Played A Pivotal Role In The Outcome Of The Mohawk Valley Campaign Breathes Dramatic Life Into A Depiction Of The Long Standing Alliances And Rivalries That Fueled Patriot And Loyalist Causes In The Region, While Describing How Neighbors, Families, Friends And Foes Were Caught Up In Burgoyne S Doomed Play Toy Soldier And Model Figure Logusz Does An Excellent Job Outlining The Battle Of Oriskany, Where An Initial Patriot Relief Force Coming To The Aid Of Fort Stanwix Was Ambushed And Almost Wiped Out Fascinating, Well Documented, And Occasionally Thought Provoking The Journal Of America S Military PastThis Is The Second Volume Of Michael O Loguszs Epic Work On The Wilderness War Of , Inwhich The British Army, With Its German, Loyalist, And Indian Auxiliaries, Attempted To Descend From Canada To Sever The Nascent American Colonies, Only To Be Met By Patriot Formations Contesting The Invasion Of Their Newly Declared Nation In His First Volume, On The Saratoga Campaign, The Author Described How Burgoynes Main Thrust Was First Stalled And Then Obliterated During Its Advance Down The Hudson RiverBooks Monthly Uk Wilderness Brought to LifeThis second volume brings to life just how savage and brutal the American Revolution was The savage butchery of the British with their German and Indian allies The skill and bravery of the Patriots who defended their homes and villages Savage hand to hand combat with tomahawk, knives, and bayonets The author does a brilliant job placing the reader right in the middle of it all Superbly written Worthy of 5 Stars without a doubt. GoodVery well researched and written like a novel Gives a good accounting of a part of the revolutionary that is not as well known as the battles in New England, and the South. I have not read With Musket and Tomahawk The Saratoga Campaign and the Wilderness War of 1777 by Michael O Logusz I am proof you don t have to read volume I to enjoy volume II I ll confess I have a good background in the history of the American Revolutionary War I have a BA in history I took every undergraduate course offered on the American Revolution at my university I also studied it when taking United States military history The author does a good job of telling the story The book is a good balance on scholarly level research and documentation wrapped around a very good story You feel like you are there at of Fort Stanwix and the Battle of Oriskany You learn that in many ways the neighbor versus neighbor and family versus family first happen in this war, not the US Civil War You learn there were Indians fighting on both sides as well You experience the wilderness of this war right down to the lay of the land You experience the military strategies and maneuvers as well as the frightening viciousness of battle You learn of the key role western New York played in this war This watershed campaign helped seal England s demise and America s eventual triumph The book doesn t read like an after action report with mind numbing details and numbers It tells the story and held my attention If you re looking for reality based leather stocking tales, this is it. Well written history of a bloody, brother vs brother campaign. Unlike the earlier volume, I didn t notice any glaring historical inaccuracies Because he personalized the narrative it seemed accessible, though still with the attention to military detail.Unfortunately, I still did not care for the narrator, who consistently mispronounced Schoharie. Volume II of this Revolutionary War history describes the standoff at Rome s Fort Stanwix The British campaign to attack thru the Mohawk valley to Albany NY and join up with Gen Burgoyne was a part of the revolutionary war lightly covered in school I was very happy to read about the trials and set backs of the patriots The battles of the wilderness in 1777 now are much real These 2 books by the author have given this period and the wilderness battles a reality I never experienced in school.