Dunmore’s War of 1774 was the culmination of a long series of disputes between settlers and Native Americans in western Virginia and Pennsylvania. In an effort to quell the increasingly violent Indian incursions, Virginia Governor John Murray, the Earl of Dunmore, carried on a successful retaliatory campaign known as “Dunmore’s War.” This book presents a history of that war through the use of primary documents selected from the mass of manuscript historical material in the famous Draper Collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Over a period of nearly fifty years, the late Dr. Lyman Copeland Draper collected papers and oral histories from many of the survivors of Dunmore’s War and their descendants. These personal recollections and anecdotes, filled with graphic accounts of massacres and reprisals, provide a first-hand look at the hair-raising life led by the pioneers and the logistics of warfare along the frontier. Numerous footnotes throughout the volume provide a wealth of biographical information, as do the lists of muster rolls and biographies of field officers at the end of the book.
Thwaites, LL.D., Reuben Gold
xxviii + 472 pp.
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