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Major Robert Farmar of Mobile

Rea, Robert R.

ISBN 10: 081730505X / ISBN 13: 9780817305055
Published by Tuscaloosa, Alabama: The University of Alabama Press, 1990
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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This first edition is tight and bright. The previous owner's name and date are written on the fep. Also, glued to the fep is a paper about Robert Farmar and a Newspaper article about Farmar on the inside back cover an article from the Mobile Public Library. There a few small spots on the foredge. The book is near fine minus and the dust jacket is fine. Bookseller Inventory # 22948

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Title: Major Robert Farmar of Mobile

Publisher: Tuscaloosa, Alabama: The University of Alabama Press

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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"Major Robert Farmar of Mobile" recreates the life and times of an 18th-century American whose family was prominent in the early settlement of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Born in 1717 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Farmar sought his fortune in the British Army and led a company in the unfortunate Cartagena expedition, on which most Americans sickened and died. Having survived that experience, Farmar went to London, obtained a regular Army commission and fought in the bloody battles in Flanders from 1745 to 1748. He was ordered to occupy French Mobile in 1763, and in 1765 he led a successful ascent of the Mississippi River to occupy Fort Chartres in the Illinois country. He later became a prominent citizen of Mobile, Alabama. A comprehensive study of Farmar's career, this work is based on extensive research in the manuscript records of the British Army, the Colonial Office, the correspondence of Generals Thomas Gage and Frederick Haldimand and other collections in the United States and Great Britain.

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"An engaging biography [and a colorful tale. . . . Robert Farmar, a son of New Jersey, used his position amon that colony's elit to secure a commission as a captain in the British Army during the War of Jenkins' Ear and King George's war, serving in the unsuccessful assaults at Cartegena, Cuba, and Panama and then in the disaster at Fontenoy in Flanders and in the reversals at Rocoux and Laffeldt. . . . During the Seven Years' War he participated in the capture of Havana.
     "Farmar's most remarkable feat was survival.  In a time when soldiers and officers were dropping like flies from both disease and bullets, Farmar emerged unscathed. . . . Farmar commanded the expedition that asceded the Mississippi to occupy Fort Chartres in the Illinois country--a feat in itself."-- Journal of American History

"Robert Farmar was the kind of solideir with whom the British built an empire. . . . This is an excellent study of military administration in the first British Empire and of the tremendous difficulty it involved."-- American Historical Review

"A very readable biography." --Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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