Clarke describes events in Nova Scotia leading up to the siege of Fort Cumberland by the Continental army in 1776 and argues that from the beginning of hostilities Nova Scotians' primary loyalty was to Britain. He examines the attitudes of the various players in the region - New England planters, Acadians, Native peoples, Yorkshiremen, and Scots-Irish - and their responses to the call to arms issued by the revolutionary forces in the thirteen colonies. Clarke is the first to take the Nova Scotia patriots seriously and explain their motives instead of damning them as rebels. An in-depth study of a British colony's reaction to and ultimate rejection of independence, The Siege of Fort Cumberland will be of great interest to colonial historians in Canada and the United States.
Revolution indigenous (January to May 1776); revolution imported (June to October); the Shepody outpost (29 October to 4 November); Cumberland Creek raid (5 November to 9 November); the fort attack (10 November to 14 November); the "Vulture" reinforcement (15 November to 20 November); battle of blazing barns (21 November to 26 November); the Camphill rout (27 November to 29 November); epilogue.