Dec 7, 2009

War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America’s First Frontier

(American Heritage) ... The son of impoverished Scots-Irish immigrants, Rogers grew to manhood in the harsh frontier of New Hampshire, where warfare between red men and white men was endemic. He was minimally educated and especially inept at handling his personal finances. As the French and Indian War was erupting in 1755, the 24-year-old Rogers was on trial for a dicey relationship with a counterfeiter named Sullivan. He escaped the hangman’s noose by rounding up more than 50 recruits and wangling a captain’s commission in a New Hampshire regiment. Continued

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