The Epic Battles for Ticonderoga, 1758

By William R. Nester

Subjects: History
Paperback : 9780791473221, 276 pages, February 2008
Hardcover : 9780791473214, 276 pages, February 2008

Alternative formats available from:

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
“Like Chaff before the Wind”
1. Opening Shots
2. The Struggle for North America
3. Grand Strategies and Commanders
4. Preparing for Campaign
5. Wilderness War
6. The Battle of Fort Carillon
7. Pursuits
8. Parting Shots

A history of the military campaigns near Fort Ticonderoga, New York, in 1758.


On July 8, 1758, British General James Abercromby ordered a controversial frontal assault of the French defenses on the Ticonderoga peninsula in upstate New York. Outnumbering the French by four to one, the capture of their fort, named Carillon, seemed all but assured. Once the fort—called the "key to a continent"—was in British hands the road would be open to invade Canada, capture Montreal and Quebec, and end the French and Indian War. The attack, however, would go horribly wrong and result in nearly 2,000 British casualties, the single bloodiest day of the entire war. It would be another year before the British, under a different commander, would capture the fortifications and rename them Fort Ticonderoga. The Epic Battles for Ticonderoga, 1758 examines the skirmishes and raids in the months leading up to the battle, discusses Abercromby's campaign in the larger context of British grand strategy for the year 1758, the roles of key military and political figures on both sides, and the conflict's aftermath.

William R. Nester is Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at St. John's University and the author of many books, including The Great Frontier War: Britain, France, and the Imperial Struggle for North America, 1607–1755 and The First Global War: Britain, France, and the Fate of North America, 1756–1775.


"For many Americans who attended public school, the French and Indian War usually merited little more than a brief mention in their American history class … William Nester's book deals with this cherry picking of events by classroom text books and immediately sets the stage for a campaign that came close to turning the outcome of the war in favor of the French." — On Point: The Journal of Army History

"An in-depth military history covering the conflicts throughout the year … highly recommended." — Wisconsin Bookwatch

"The story of the battle at Fort Ticonderoga is an important tale and at the heart of the struggle for North America. This is an excellent piece of research, and Nester tells the story well." — William M. Fowler Jr., author of Empires at War: The French and Indian War and the Struggle for North America, 1754–1763