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The cover of Jim Millard's important book about historic Fort Montgomery
A comprehensive history of the fortifications planned or built in the Rouses Point area of
Lake Champlain near the US-Canada Border

Praise for Jim Millard's "Bastions on the Border..."

"...meticulously researched and detailed...dissolves the mists of legend around the two fortifications. "Bastions" goes into extensive and fascinating detail...a "must have" for anyone who has ever explored the old fort and its grounds..."
Plattsburgh Press Republican

"It is really a terrific book... [Millard's] exhaustive study of the documents connected to the forts and masterful presentation of the materials is laudable...quality and variety of the images is terrific..."

And his "Fort Montgomery: Through the Years..."
"...a superb job of researching and writing...the effort alone in gathering these rare photographs and interpreting the ruins is remarkable." Dr. Russell P. Bellico- Historian/Author
"Sails and Steam in the Mountains: A Maritime and Military History of Lake George and Lake Champlain" and other titles

"...technical details of the fort are sound and reflect the extensive research done by the author, as well as the level of detail involved in his repetitive explorations of the site.  I consider it a “must buy” for anyone interested in this period of fortifications, or in the history of the northern frontier of the United States. (Full Review)  John R. Weaver II- Historian/Author
"A Legacy in Brick and Stone- American Coastal Defense Forts of the Third System, 1816-1867"

First Edition. ISBN: 0-9749854-1-4 Perfect bound paperback
200+ photos, maps, and illustrations, most never before published.

Back in print and available now!

You can purchase your first edition copy of Bastions on the Border at
select bookstores, museums and historical societies or from in both print and e-book formats!

The long awaited first edition of Jim Millard's "Bastions on the Border..." is still available. Fort Montgomery, long confused with infamous Fort "Blunder" built earlier on the same site, looms large in local legend and lore. Wonderfully illustrated with hundreds of vintage and modern photographs and documents, this exciting book is a must for history buffs and those who love Lake Champlain. 

Can I see what the book looks like?

Certainly. We have provided sample pages for you to see. Simply click on the links below to view .pdf versions of select pages from "Bastions on the Border...". Right-click and choose SAVE TARGET AS if you want to download the pages to your computer. You will need the free Acrobat Reader installed (most computers already have it).

You can get the free Acrobat Reader here if you need it.

Sample Pages

Table of Contents (112k)
Page 42 (509k)
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Page 185 (348k)
Citations/Notes Page (148k)
Please note that all of these pages are Copyright © 2009 America's Historic Lakes. They are provided for review purposes only. Reproduction is not allowed.

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