Notes on the Settlement and Indian Wars of the Western Parts of Virginia and Pennsylvania from 1763 to 1783: Inclusive, Together with a Review of the State of Society and Manners of the First Settlers of the Western Country (Google eBook)
1912 - Frontier and pioneer life - 320 pages
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True, the language is florid by today's standards, but that's the point: this book isn't written by today's standards. Joseph Doddridge wrote about what he and his contemporaries actually lived through on the Pennsylvania and Virginia frontiers between 1763 and 1783. Trudge through the wilderness with him and experience its silent and oppressive majesty. Face the terror of war and understand why, whether right or wrong, the settlers wouldn't... couldn't stop pushing westward and couldn't... wouldn't let anyone stand in their way.
This is our heritage (and our shame).
Joseph Doddridge knew we needed to see the frontier wilderness before his eyes dimmed and that past disappeared. He was right. Today, like never before, we need to understand.
And, glory be, this book (and others like it) is FREE.
GOOGLE, I thank you!