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by Earl John Chapman & Ian Macpherson McCulloch (eds.)

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Title:A Bard of Wolfe's Army: James Thompson, Gentleman Volunteer, 1733-1830 (Military History)
Authors:Earl John Chapman & Ian Macpherson McCulloch (eds.)
Info:Robin Brass Studio, Inc. (2010), Paperback, 388 pages
Collections:Your library, Reviewed
Tags:history, military history, French and Indian War, Fort Ticonderoga

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A Bard of Wolfe's Army: James Thompson, Gentleman Volunteer, 1733-1830 (Military History) by Earl John Chapman & Ian Macpherson McCulloch (eds.)

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This book is a published version of anecdotes and stories told by Sergeant Thompson during his later years. The stories were recorded by his son, sometimes while James was entertaining an audience. James served in the 78th Regiment of Foot, Fraser's Highlanders during the French and Indian War and was present at the siege of Louisburg, the battle of the Plains of Abraham, and the battle of Sillery. After the war he settled down in Quebec.

The editors have divided the book into three parts, the first presents an overview of James Thompson's life and the historic events he saw. The second section contains his firsthand anecdotes and recollections of those events. The third section is a biographical section providing information on the many people James met and interacted with during his military service and retirement.

A very interesting read which provides a unique perspective on The Seven Year's War. Thompson's recollections are full of humour and good will towards the people he met. He was especially fond of General Wolfe, and was involved with the funeral for his fallen hero, and helped commemorate both Wolfe and Montcalm with a statue in Quebec. ( )
  kkunker | Jan 15, 2013 |
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