Posted by Sarah on August 19, 1998 at 09:21:49:
In Reply to: Re: Montcalm's letters posted by Victoria on August 19, 1998 at 06:47:00:
: : : I'm curious to know more about Montcalm's letters to his wife. Were they published -- is there a reference you can point me to?
: : : Thanks,
: : : Sarah
: : Sarah,
: : Montcalm's letters, as well as his unpublished autobiography "Memoires Pour Servir a l'Histoire de ma Vie" are in the possession of his descendants. Many excerpts are in print and can be found in various F & I War books including Francis Parkman's "Montcalm and Wolf." There is today still a Marquis de Montcalm. He honored the "French Troops" at Fort Ticonderoga with his presence in '96 or '97.
: : You have much reading to do; between Montcalm's lettres and Cooper's many works! :)
: : Elaine
: The book where I found them was Frances Jennings', "Empire of Fortune: Crowns, colonies and tribes in the Seven Years War in America." It is THE best book on the French and Indian War I have read. The author has really tried to show not just the battles and well known events, but the politics and the causes especially when it comes to the Native Americans. Forget Eckert, read this one.
Elaine and Victoria,
Thanks for the recommendations. I do indeed have a lot of reading to do -- hope Autumn comes soon so I can quit mowing my lawn and curl up on Saturdays instead. Wait -- what am I saying?? I've dedicated my Autumn weekends to traveling up the Hudson and seeing it all in person. Wait -- what am I saying again? I had better read all the history before I travel up the Hudson R. or I won't know what I'm looking at. ACK -- I'd better just quit my job and read and travel up the Hudson R. and down to North Carolina. THAT'S the solution. And as I travel, I'll blast the LOTM soundtrack on my car speakers. THAT'S the life!!
Meanwhile, anyone for forming a virtual LOTM book club and sharing the experience with me?
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