Wow. At the risk of sounding repetitive, I am amazed at how much has been sitting in the hopper since April 2011 that I just forgot about. Russ Grimm from the blog My Military History has been a rather helpful friend to this blog since its inception. Today I saw his numerous comments providing links to old newspaper and magazine archives that discuss Kenneth Roberts and his works in his contemporary setting. Say what you will about Google, but they have made research easier when it comes to research.
Take this article, for instance, written on August 27, 1942 by the Milwaukee Journal in which they take parts of Kenneth Roberts’ account of how Roger’s rangers were formed as a way of explaining a new special unit of soldiers being formed in the US forces. This unit, designed to “strike swiftly, silently, and efficiently,” took their name from Rogers’ Rangers; the new, modern rangers, then, were not something new, but a unit that adopted and adapted a method of warfare almost two centuries old – a method well documented in Roberts’ research and in his novel Northwest Passage.
I definitely have my work cut out for me now, as I have a treasure trove in Google’s news archives to find old articles written on Roberts. The timing, though, isn’t the best…I have a seminar paper to write, but I’d rather be wading through news archives…Again, Russ, thank you very much for your help! (See also his most recent post in which he provides links on the Battle of Cowpens, which happens to be the subject and title of Roberts’ last book, The Battle of Cowpens, which was published posthumously.)