Re: Eastern Woodland Warfare Tactics

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Posted by Goody Sandy on October 13, 1999 at 13:37:09:

In Reply to: Re: Eastern Woodland Warfare Tactics posted by Dana S. on October 13, 1999 at 12:39:01:

: : Hi Dana:

: : Dana said: Most of my "war reading" as been about Ancient Britain. If anyone knows of any good books about "Ancient America", let me know.

: : I recommend “Indian New England Before the Mayflower” by Howard S. Russell which explores every aspect of Indian life as the early explorers and the colonists found it, from personal appearance and characteristics to diet and agriculture, social organization, and intertribal relations including conflict.

: : Here’s an excerpt from the book:

: : “Indians in war employed three chief tactics: surprise, ambush and stratagem. An Algonquain village might suppose the Mohawks to be 200 miles distant, yet an onslaught at dawn could bring disaster. Or, beating off an enemy and in hot pursuit, the defenders might run into an ambush in a ravine or swamp where escape was almost out of the question. Judging from the vividly recorded experience of the English, the only limit to the variety of stratagems used to beguile and trap a foe was the imagination and resolution of the enemy. However, given the often equal wile and skill of their opponents, losses would seldom be as heavy proportionately as those of a European battlefield, with its close formations of artillery, cavalry, and foot soldiers.

: : I’m currently reading “Flintlock and Tomahawk, New England in King Philip’s War” by Douglas Edward Leach. This book portrays a fully rounded picture of seventeenth century New England and chronicles the battles, tactics and logistics of the war. The war tactics described in “Indian New England” were used very effectively against the colonists and British army, and other tribes.

: : Best wishes,
: : Goody Sandy

: : Go Red Sox!

: Great! Wonderful! Thank you so much for your time!

: Dana

You're welcome Dana. Enjoy!

Goody Sandy

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