The town of Schenectady and its surrounding district played an important role in the Revolutionary War, thanks to its strategic location along the Mohawk River. The early pioneers of the town were primarily Dutch, but a number of Irish, English, Scotch-Highlander and Scotch-Irish, and Palatine German immigrants settled in the region as well. Based primarily on the minutes of the area's Committees of Safety, this History is arranged in two parts. The first part, which details the Schenectady District's participation in the Revolutionary conflict, names numerous residents and is peppered with footnotes giving biographical and historical information. The second part, which comprises more than half of the volume, focuses on military service records.
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This is a most interesting book. The chief importance of the book from an historical point of view is that Hale is the person who spread the fable of Letitia Preston Floyd that Mary Ingles had a baby on the trail after she was captured by the Shawnee. He presents his material in an interesting enough fashion, but he fails in most cases to give any idea of the materials he used in its construction. Besides the self-congratulation of himself as being descended from his ancestors, the Ingles and Draper families, the book is a long hurrah for the march of civilization against the savages; which is quite simplified, and in fact not what happened at all. Some of the material in the book is demonstrably false.