The Border Settlers of Northwestern Virginia
In the contest for land Jesse Hughes bore a part far beyond that of the average settler. He was one of those woodsmen in whom was concentrated the hardihood, the daring, the fierce & uncontrollable spirit of our barbarous ancestors in the fens & on the swamp shores of Northwestern Europe. It was a war, danger, adventure. On the trail of the wild Indian his soul hardened to iron & Jesse's nature grew more savage than that of the man he hunted. He was grim, cruel, relentless & bloodthirsty. But he was the product of the age in which he lived. (One of the Big Four) (Sixth Printing.
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