Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943

Warfare and Society in Colonial North America and the Caribbean

October 6–8, 2006 • University of Tennessee


Friday, October 6, 2006

8:00 a.m. Registration opens • Atrium, fourth floor, University of Tennessee Conference Center. All sessions of the conference will take place in Room 413.
8:30 Coffee in the Atrium • Book exhibits open in Room 401.

Welcome • Room 413
G. Kurt Piehler, Director, Center for the Study of War and Society
Ronald Hoffman, Director, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
Paul W. Mapp, College of William and Mary
Brett Rushforth, Brigham Young University
9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Session I: Interpreting Violence across Cultures

Chair: Daniel K. Richter, University of Pennsylvania


“We tell You if You are angry We are ready to receive You”: The Language of Violence in Miami, French, and British Conceptions of Warfare
George Michael Ironstrack, University of Chicago

Cruel Furies: Representations of Amerindian Women and Ritual Torture in New France
Jean-François Lozier, University of Toronto

The Changing Meaning of Violence: The Shift from “Indian” to “Colonial” War in Northern New England, 1675–1699
Christopher Bilodeau, Cornell University

The Warriors Who Doth Protest too Much: The Rhetoric and Reality of Wartime Atrocities and the Rules of War in the Revolutionary Carolina Backcountry
Rebecca Brannon, University of Michigan

  Comment: Juliana Barr, University of Florida
12:00–1:00 Lunch break
1:00–3:00 Session II: Social and Cultural Geographies of Violence

Chair: Warren Hofstra, Shenandoah University

Geography, Subsistence, and Social Structure in the War for Ohio
Rob Harper, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Imperial Crisis in the Ohio Valley: Indian, Colonial, and British Military Communities, 1760–1774
David L. Preston, The Citadel

The Culmination of Destructive Warfare in Colonial America
Benjamin L. Carp, Tufts University


Comment: Eric Hinderaker, University of Utah

3:00–3:30 Refreshment break
3:30–6:00 Session III: The Obligations and Opportunities of Military Service

Chair: Sylvia R. Frey, Tulane University, emeritus

Opportunity and Risk in Eighteenth-Century Warfare: Privateering and Fugitive Slaves in British North America
Charles R. Foy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and McNeil Center for Early American Studies

Gone for a Soldier: Who Were the New England Provincial Soldiers?
Steven C. Eames, Mount Ida College

Joining the Continental Army: Young Men Coming of Age as Revolutionary Soldiers
John Ruddiman, Yale University

Friends and Brothers: Boy Soldiers of the Continental Army
Caroline Cox, University of the Pacific


Comment: Elizabeth Mancke, University of Akron

6:30–8:00 Reception at the William Blount Mansion, 200 West Hill Avenue, a walk of about seven blocks from the Conference Center.