A Legacy for the Future – Reminiscences of Scouting in West Michigan

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Winner of the Historical Society of Michigan’s “Outstanding Michigan History Publication” for 2010

In 2010 the Boy Scouts of America will celebrate 100 years as the largest and most successfull youth movement America has ever known. Scouting has always been strong in West Michigan, where it has taught thousands of young men, and later, young women, the skills and values necessary for successful lives. Many more thousands of adult leaders, past and present, have contributed their time and talents to preserve and pass on the Scouting way of life.

For the first time, A Legacy for the Future: Reminiscences of Scouting in West Michigan weaves known historical facts and personal narratives into one united tale told through both text and illustrations.

What a treat! Tim Todish and the committee have done an outstanding job. This is a staggering achievement.
The Hon. Hugh W. Brenneman Jr.
President, Gerald R. Ford Council, B.S.A.

Enjoy this book. Share it with the Scouts in your life, current and former. And celebrate an organization that continues to teach the boys and young men in our community that above all to live honorably is to serve others.
Dick DeVos
President, The Windquest Group

*****

A Legacy for the Future: Reminiscences of Scouting in West Michigan, by Tim J. Todish.

Trade paperback, 8.5″ x 11″, 378 pp., Gerald R. Ford Council, Boy Scouts of America, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2009, $15.00

ISBN # 978-0-9843104-0-1

The Narrative Art of Robert Griffing – Volume II

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Silver Medal Winner: “Best Regional Non-Fiction” in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2008.

Graceful birchbark canoes gliding silently across a mirror-like wilderness lake—Woodland Indian warriors moving warily beneath the heavy canopy of a virgin forest–tender family moments that are universal to all races and cultures—colorful and dramatic moments in the never ending struggle between man and nature—all of these scenes and more are captured with both artistic beauty and incredible historical accuracy in the original paintings and limited edition art prints of Robert Griffing.

Griffing’s first book of Eastern Woodland Indian and colonial American art was published in 2000. It is a world-wide success, and is now in its third printing. Volume II is a beautiful 9 ½” x 12 ½”–200 page book containing over 135 new, full color reproductions of Griffing’s art, as well as an all new text by Tim J. Todish.

Once again the artist uses his unique historical knowledge and artistic skills to portray the people, places, and events of early America, not in the way of the legends, but as they actually appeared. The Narrative Art of Robert Griffing: The Journey Continues is an absolute must for all art lovers and serious students of early American history.

By doing justice to their common humanity, Griffing honors not only notable figures like Washington and Braddock whose lives we recall during the 25oth anniversary commemorations of the French and Indian War, but all the peoples who made our history in the American colonial period . . . . Griffing’s unique vision of the period and the Eastern Woodlands frontier is an immense gift for anyone who cares about the colonial past. His images of that past make this volume a book to treasure.
Fred Anderson, Professor of History, University of Colorado, Boulder

*****

The Narrative Art of Robert Griffing, Volume II–The Journey Continues. Text by Tim J. Todish, with a Foreword by Fred Anderson, and art by Robert Griffing.

Hard Cover, 9.25″ x 12.25″, 190 pp., Paramount Press, Stow, New York, 2007, $65.00

ISBN # 978-0-9800812-0-6

A Most Troublesome Situation – The British Military and the Pontiac Indian Uprising of 1763-1764

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Winner of the Historical Society of Michigan’s award for the “Outstanding Michigan History Publication” for 2006.

This new book on the Pontiac Uprising uses numerous excerpts from period accounts to retell this important story. The words of the British officers and soldiers caught up in battle, as well as those of French habitants and some of the Indians themselves, reveal that dedication and deceit, as well as heroism and treachery, could be found on both sides of the conflict. This fair and objective narrative is further brought to life by the beautiful artwork of noted historical artists Robert Griffing and Gary Zaboly, as well as by the use of rare period portraits, prints, and maps. The main text is supplemented with appendices explaining the makeup of the garrisons of the various posts, the condition of the sites today, and an account of the remarkable Indian captivity of John Rutherford.
 

The focus of the book is on the British military and their reaction to the Indian uprising inspired by Chief Pontiac.  Extensive research into the manuscript records of Major General Jeffrey Amherst and Major General Thomas Gage in conjunction with many published sources provide the scholarly underpinnings for this study.  Many of the sources are quoted at length.  New insights are provided into the organization and utilization of seven composite Platoons composed of soldiers from numerous regiments which were organized to assist in the relief of besieged Detroit.  Also, the 1764 Indian ambush at Roche a Davion of the British expedition to occupy the French forts in the Illinois Country by way of New Orleans and the Mississippi River is recounted in detail.  Several very helpful appendices including a chronology of major events, a listing of British forts and garrisons in 1763; the status of the fort sites today, and the rosters of the Platoons add to our understanding of the complexities of Pontiac’s Uprising.  Anyone interested in Pontiac’s Uprising will want to add this book to their library.
Dr. David A. Armour, Retired Deputy Superintendent, Mackinac State Historic Parks

 

The lessons learned during “Pontiac’s War,” fought across the vast wilderness of the Great Lakes and the Ohio Country, would influence British policies and tactics in the West for the rest of the eighteenth century . . . Tim Todish and Todd Harburn present a straightforward narrative account of these soldiers’ activities in the field against an elusive and resilient opponent.  Readers of all sorts will find a useful guide to “Pontiac’s War” in the details the authors present on the military actions, organization, and locales of the fighting.
Brian Leigh Dunnigan, Curator of Maps and Head of Research and Publications,
The William L. Clements Library

*****

A “Most Troublesome Situation”: The British Military and the Pontiac Indian Uprising of 1763-1764, by Timothy J. Todish and Todd E. Harburn, with a Foreword by Brian Leigh Dunnigan and art by Robert Griffing and Gary Zaboly.

Trade paperback, 8.5″ x 11″, 224 pp., Purple Mountain Press, Fleischmanns, New York, 2006, $20.00

ISBN # 1-930098-72-3

British Light Infantryman of the Seven Years’ War – North America 1757-63

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The British Light Infantryman of the Seven Years’ War was a “chosen man,” proficient at scouting and skirmishing, and more than a match for the French and their wily Indian allies. Shooting rapids in canoes and whaleboats, traversing swamps or jungles and snowshoeing through endless tracts of forest, British redcoats earned a reputation for resilience and resourcefulness as they adapted to the wilderness conditions of North America. Their development was a watershed in the history of irregular warfare, and this beautifully illustrated book provides a full examination of their fighting methods, covering training, tactics and campaigning from Canada to the Caribbean.

*****

British Light Infantryman of the Seven Years’ War: North America 1757-63 by Tim J. Todish and Lt. Col. Ian M. McCulloch. Color plates by Steve Noon, with additional art by Robert Griffing and Gary Zaboly.

Trade paperback, 7.25″ x 9.75″, 64 pp., Osprey Publishing Ltd., Oxford, U.K.,  2004, $18.95

ISBN # 1-84176-733-6

Through So Many Dangers – The Memoirs and Adventures of Robert Kirk, Late of the Royal Highland Regiment

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Robert Kirk [actually Kirkwood] served with the 42nd and 77th Highland Regiments in North America during the French and Indian War and Pontiac’s Rebellion.  From Niagara Falls to Newfoundland, from the Carolinas to the Mississippi, he covered some five thousand miles by foot, canoe, whaleboat and transport ship.  By the time he returned home after ten years of “service truly critical,” our roguish hero had been captured and adopted by the Shawnee Indians, and was an accomplished  marksman, hunter, and tracker, proficient in the use of canoes, snowshoes, and tumplines.  In short, Kirkwood was the ultimate Light Infantryman of Britain’s “American Army,” and his Memoirs, reprinted here for the first time since 1775, bring his exciting story to life.

Personal narratives by private soldiers are the scarcest of all sources for the French and Indian War. By presenting the little-known tale of Robert Kirkwood, Ian McCulloch and Tim Todish have done much to amplify the voice of the man in the ranks and show the conflict from a different perspective.  The editors have carefully verified the authenticity of Kirkwood’s account and provided annotations that clarify and broaden an exciting tale of military campaigns and Indian captivity.  It is a pleasure to see this important source made accessible to a broad audience.
Brian Leigh Dunnigan, Curator of Maps and Head of Research and Publications, The William L. Clements Library

Robert Kirkwood’s long-lost, first-hand account tells us that this Highlander and erstwhile Ranger with Robert Rogers apparently was everywhere during the North American campaigns of the Seven Years’ War. Yes, the expert editors of Kirkwood’s published account reveal his multiple borrowings from other sources as a typical 18th-century Grub-Street pastiche.  But, more importantly, they firmly identify the reportage of important, veritable, and fresh kernels of experience, if not authentically from Kirkwood himself, then surely “oral history” collected from his comrades-in-arms.  Kirkwood’s narrative offers an uncommon window on the horrific experiences of the usually anonymous, everyday soldiers who shaped the destiny of North America.
Nicholas Westbrook, Director Emeritus,
Fort Ticonderoga

*****

Through So Many Dangers: The Memoirs and Adventures of Robert Kirk, Late of the Royal Highland Regiment. Edited by Timothy Todish and Ian McCulloch, with an Introduction by Stephen Brumwell and art by Robert Griffing.

Trade paperback, 8.5″ x 11″, 176 pp., Purple Mountain Press, Fleischmanns, New York, 2004, $20.00

ISBN # 1-930098-60-x

The Annotated and Illustrated JOURNALS of Major Robert Rogers

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Major Robert Rogers of the Rangers is not only one the most famous men to come out of Colonial America, he is also one of the most fascinating. This book, reprinted from the rare 1769 Dublin edition of his Journals, allows the major to tell portions of his life his own words. To supplement his accounts, numerous annotations have been added by Tim Todish to give a broader picture of the events described. Most are from eyewitnesses, or at least contemporaries of Rogers. Later secondary sources are used sparingly. Occasionally an annotation, or series of annotations, are used to present the background for the action. Gary Zaboly’s wonderful original illustrations, along with his well-written captions, add an invaluable dimension to this edition. They also fill in some gaps in his life that are not specifically covered in the text of the Journals.

Todish has done a superb job of interpreting the journals of Robert Rogers, shedding new light on the dramatic episodes of the French and Indian War. This volume is the most comprehensive version of Rogers’ journals to date. The well-documented text is replete with intriguing new details of Rogers’ exploits and is complemented by the exceptional drawings of artist Gary Zaboly, which brings the story of the rangers to life as never before.
Dr. Russell P. Bellico, Retired Professor Of Economic History, Westfield State College, Westfield, Massachusetts

During the French and Indian War the fame of Major Robert Rogers blazed like a shooting star. Historian Tim Todish enhances the Journals of this controversial Ranger with accounts of those who were eyewitnesses and participants in the events. This is thoroughly documented history in depth. It is ably supported by the well-researched illustrations and information on weapons, clothing, and equipment provided by Gary Zaboly. Highly recommended, this work is a superb historical contribution.
Colonel Robert Black, U. S. Army, Retired, member of the U. S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame

By producing a new, annotated edition of Rogers’ published Journals, Tim Todish has made the famous ranger’s own account of his services accessible to a wide audience. Rogers’ words, clarified by Todish’s carefully researched notes and enlivened by Gary Zaboly’s fine illustrations, detail the fighting career of one of the most intriguing American soldiers of the eighteenth century.
Brian Leigh Dunnigan, Curator of Maps and Head of Research and Publications, The William L. Clements Library

*****

The Annotated and Illustrated Journals of Major Robert Rogers. Annotated and with an Introduction by Timothy J. Todish. Illustrated and with captions by Gary S. Zaboly.

Trade paperback, 8.5″ x 11″, 344 pp., Purple Mountain Press, Fleischmanns, New York, 2002, $29.00

ISBN #  1-930098-20-0

America’s First First World War – THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR

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Contrary to the belief of many people, America did not fight her first world war in the trenches of Western Europe in 1917-1918. The first world war in which America was involved was fought on our native soil, with an impact on our nation’s history at least as significant as that of the 1917-18 war. Twenty years before the outbreak of the American Revolution, the colonies were locked in a struggle for their very existence—a struggle that rarely receives more than a passing word in modern day history books. For some seventy-five years, France and England had engaged in a series of generally inconclusive wars both in Europe and North America. The year 1754 marked the outbreak of the last of these conflicts, which would determine once and for all which power would dominate in North America. This popular history has been fully rewritten and new illustrations have been added.

This illustrated digest of the Seven Years War fought in North America is an excellent primer for any student of eighteenth-century military history. It concisely tells the story of conflict in the wilderness and how the colonists of New France and New England, reinforced by regulars from their mother countries and with their respective Indian allies, made war North American-style. Todish is an expert in the small arms, dress and tactics of the day, a reenactor of many years experience. His penchant for storytelling, but sticking closely to the facts, makes for a high-paced informative style.
Lt. Col. Ian McCulloch, Canadian Forces, former commanding officer, the Black Watch Regiment of Canada

Timothy J. Todish has done the impossible…he has improved upon his original version of America’s FIRST First World War. Bringing to life original accounts from the French and Indian War, along with recently discovered information regarding key moments in the conflict that would settle once and for all who (England or France) would win the North American continent by force of arms. Readers are given a full understanding of the basic elements that shaped the conduct of the war…from young George Washington at Fort Necessity, to Major Robert Rogers daring raid on St. Francis. It s all here, and more! Written in a style that s rich and vibrant, yet easy to read. No library is complete without a copy of Todish’s book.
Christopher Matheney, Site Manager: State-House Education and Visitors Center, Ohio Historical Society, and portrayed Major Robert Rogers in the History Channel Series Frontier: Legends of The Old Northwest

This book does well what many writers find hard to do: explain military maneuvers clearly to the uninitiated.
Neal Burdick, Associate Director of Communications, St. Lawrence University

*****

America’s First First World War: The French and Indian War, 1754, 1763, by Timothy J. Todish. Illustrated with photographs by the author and art by Gary Zaboly.

Trade paperback, 6″ x 9″, 127 pp., Purple Mountain Press, Fleischmanns, New York, 2002, $15.00

ISBN # 1-930098-19-7

Alamo Sourcebook 1836 – A Comprehensive Guide to the Alamo and Texas Revolution

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This highly illustrated book is a complete guide to the Alamo and the Texas Revolution. Included are the siege and final battle for the Alamo, the armies, their weapons, uniforms and equipment, the flags, mini-biographies of both Texian and Mexican leaders, Alamo movies and music, organizations to join, historic places to visit, and more. Scores of illustrations have been researched for historical accuracy. A feature of the book is a full-color drawing of the Alamo compound as it would have appeared in 1836.

Alamo Sourcebook 1836 is an indispensable reference for anyone interested in the dramatic story of the Texas War of Independence. It not only contains a vivid account of the siege of the Alamo and other clashes between the Texians and Mexicans, but all sorts of information on the opposing forces-their leaders, organizations, weapons, uniforms, strategy, and tactics. There is also an informative chapter on Alamo movies and songs. TheAlamo Sourcebook may not contain everything there is to know about the Alamo and the men who fought there, but it is the best starting place for both serious scholars and casual readers alike.
Gregory J. W. Urwin, Ph.D., Professor of History, Temple University

[Alamo Sourcebook 1836] is indeed all the title implies and should find a place on the shelves of every elementary, intermediate, and high school in Texas.
Henry Wolff Jr., The Victoria Advocate

As its title suggests, this is a reference guide for serious students of the fight between Texas and Mexico, covering everything from the type of tents each army had, to mini-profiles of the major participants in the revolution.
Mike Cox, The Austin American-Statesman

There is a day-by-day account of both the Alamo siege and the entire Revolution. The authors are not afraid to give all versions of conflicting accounts with only occasional (and usually well defensible) commentary on which is more probable. They take particular pains to point out where the facts are at a variance with the Hollywood versions . . .
Paul Cardwell Jr., The Paris News

Alamo Sourcebookis an excellent introduction to the Alamo story, and also a good sourcebook for those who already have a firm knowledge of the epic of the Alamo. Vast amounts of information are packed into this one volume. . . .Last year I was asked to give a talk to some fifth graders . . .on the Alamo. I passed my copy of Alamo Sourcebook around the class during my talk, and was amazed at how quickly. . .the students were able to zero in on interesting questions to ask.
Bob Durham, founder of the Alamo de Parras web site

Yours is one of those books that when I saw it I wished that it had been around 30 years ago.
Bill Groneman, Alamo author and historian

*****

Alamo Sourcebook 1836: A Comprehensive Guide to the Alamo and the Texas Revolution, by Tim J. and Terry S. Todish. Illustrations by Ted Spring.

Trade paperback, 8.5″ x 11″, 228 pp., Eakin Press, Austin, Texas, 1998, $24.95

ISBN # 1-57168-152-3