The British Defeat of the French in Pennsylvania, 1758

A Military History of the Forbes Campaign Against Fort Duquesne


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About the Book

This is the first complete military study of the campaign directed by Brigadier General John Forbes in 1758 to drive the French out of the forks of the Ohio River. The author details the leadership, logistics, artillery, training and discipline that led to the campaign’s success and discusses its role in American Colonial history.

About the Author(s)

Douglas R. Cubbison is a military historian with the Army Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He writes about social and military history.

Bibliographic Details

Douglas R. Cubbison
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 251
Bibliographic Info: 10 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4739-8
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5595-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Introduction      1

ONE • “A lion heart of courage”: The Appointment of Brigadier General John Forbes to Command the Expedition      3

TWO • “A gathering from the scum of the worst of people, in every Country”: The Organization and Leadership of the Forbes Campaign      12

THREE • “By which I shall have a constant Supply”: Forbes Plans a Campaign      32

FOUR • “It is now time to form our Magazines”: Forbes’s First Parallel Advances to the Foot of Allegheny Mountain      41

FIVE • Allegheny Mountain Becomes Forbes’s Rubicon: Forbes Chooses His Route      86

SIX • “The Waggons have been the plague of my life”: Forbes’s Second Parallel Crosses Allegheny Mountain      96

SEVEN • “My heart is broke”: Grant’s Defeat      122

EIGHT • “Immediately a regular Attack Insued”: French Resurgence at Loyalhanna      141

NINE • “Colonel Washington did not discover his usual activity and presence of mind”: Combat, Fratricide and a Prisoner at Loyalhanna      147

TEN • “I will sleep in Fort Duquesne or in hell tonight”: The Final Movement to Fort Duquesne and the Occupation of the Forks of the Ohio      157

ELEVEN • “A willing sacrifice … to King & Country”: Conclusions      181

Appendix A: A Compilation of Indian Trade Goods Presented to the Cherokee and Catawba Warriors During the Forbes Campaign, 1758      199

Appendix B: List of Ordnance Supplies on the Forbes Campaign      212

Chapter Notes      217

Bibliography      231

Index      239