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  • By Greg Casterline
    Mar 3, 2018
    "Re: New Jersey Frontier Guard 2007 Book Award" As Tim Cutler stated the story of the New Jersey Blues had been left untold. After discovering not only the many names of the men who served but also how their service touched their lives, as well as their families back home it could no longer wait to find its time in print! The Daily Record (newspaper) ran an article about 'Colonial Tribulations' on Dec. 10, 2007 in which Tim stated, "He made more progress (uncovering documents) in one year than we made in 20. You won't find a memorial in New Jersey from the French and Indian War for the New Jersey Blues. That's because nobody knew who they were... It's a hopelessly obscure topic." Well, Colonial Tribulations has served its purpose in that we now have a better sense of not only who the men were but what they experienced! These past few years which we now enjoy so fruitfully in the U S, represent the 250th anniversary of their trials and tribulations in that demanding... More > colonial period. The book expresses my thanks and respect to those who came before us. In 2008 the NJ Nat'l Guard deployed to Iraq as the 50th Infantry Combat Brigade "Jersey Blues" with my eldest son in the ranks. They returned home safely and their story can be read on-line by searching their unit via the Militia Museum headed by Joseph Bilby who is also a well respected military historian. His recent work "Hidden Treasures of N. J." also highlights the Blues Reg. and "Colonial Tribulations." A final note - thanks to all the families over the years who have contacted me after reading the book and learning of their ancestor's experiences as a Jersey Blue. It has pulled us all a little closer!!< Less
  • By Tim Cutler
    Oct 15, 2009
    "New Jersey Frontier Guard 2007 Book Award" William Casterline was a typical yeoman settler on the New Jersey frontier in 1755 when he was mustered into Captain Nathaniel Rusco's company of the New Jersey Regiment. Most descendants of colonial Jerseymen would have made a brief footnote in the family genealogical records, and possibly applied for membership in one of the patriotic chowder-clubs. Only the most spirited - or naive - would attempt to write a book about it. "Colonial Tribulations" presents the French and Indian War from a New Jersey perspective, using William Casterline as the central character. Although only scraps of original source material still exist to document his service, the author has carefully studied the available literature and has vividly re-created the hardships of Oswego (1755-56) and the disaster at Lake George (1757). Of special interest to genealogists is his carefully prepared chapter listing New Jersey soldiers - a project which... More > has never before been attempted. Historians of the colonial period will be particularly impressed with the book's extensive illustrations. The key source of primary material appears to be a collection of payroll and settlement accounts included in the Stevens Family Papers in the collections of the New Jersey Historical Society. Originally penned by provincial assemblyman and commissioner John Stevens, the documents are titled "Old Blues Acco'nts & Rec'ds" and "Records of John Stevens Regarding the New Jersey Regiment in the French & Indian War." Occasional references to these sources can be found in essays published in the Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society, usually footnoted as "Stevens/Yard Papers." However, these important records were completely ignored by colonial researchers and genealogists. The most prolific of New Jersey historians, William Whitehead and William Nelson apparently handled them over a hundred years ago, as there are a few dozen footnoted references to Stevens and Yard documents in their editions of the New Jersey Archives. However, even Theodore Thayer, whose "Colonial and Revolutionary Morris County" (Morristown, Compton Press 1975), is probably the best modern work on the general subject, did not include these documents in his bibliography of manuscripts. Several years ago, this reviewer visited the library of the New Jersey Historical Society to review these materials and was told that they did not exist. Professional historians will find many reasons to criticize "Colonial Tribulations" but the undeniable reality is that this important effort has finally been completed and published. Moreover, as a self-published work, it was accomplished without a taxpayer subsidy or a team of "professional" editors. As such, the presses of Rutgers and Princeton, which print and distribute works by celebrity New Jersey historians, have missed an opportunity to fill a special gap in their catalog. Until Greg's work there have been but a few paragraphs written about our New Jersey men in arms during the French and Indian War. This valuable work will certainly inspire many more and serve as a "must quote" source for all future publications on the period. The New Jersey Frontier Guard is proud to have been of assistance in the preparation of "Colonial Tribulations" and take great pleasure in awarding Greg Casterline our 2007 Book Award.< Less
  • By Joseph Bilby
    Aug 29, 2007
    "Colonial Tribulations" This is the most comprehensive account of the "Jersey Blues," the volunteer regiment raised from the NJ militia for French and Indian War service. The regiment sustained heavy casualties at Fort William Henry and Oswego, but until the publication of this book, its story was muddled in myth. Mr Casterline supplies much primary source information on the unit and its men, as well as a chronology of events heretofore unchronicled.
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Greg Casterline
August 7, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.29 lbs.
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8.5 wide x 11 tall
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