Virginia's Western War: 1775-1786

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Stackpole Books, 2002 - History - 279 pages
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More than any other colony, Virginia looked to the west for its future. After the French and Indian War, the Royal Proclamation of 1754 declared that officers and soldiers would be paid with parcels of western land, vaguely extending about eighty miles in all directions from Lexington. By 1768 most of the area had been explored by the Long Hunters, including Daniel and Squire Boone, James Knox, Hasker Mansker, and the Skagg Brothers. These brave, enterprising men battled both with nature and with the Indians, bringing their families to settle this rough frontier. Virginia's Western War traces the little-known period of colonial history.

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This book is a very important book for this time period as it contains information not found elsewhere in our American history. I am bias toward these remnants as I am a descendant of Dagneaux DeQuindre, the leader of the Shawnee. Although, it makes him sound like a full blooded Frenchman, he is actually the son of Louis Dagneaux Dequindre and an Ottawa slave woman named Louise. He had two different Indian wives, one Miami and one Shawnee.
These men and women, both Americans and French Tories are some of the most brave and rugged people that makes our country's history rich with stories both fiction and fact. I love this time period and the authors that diligently study the facts and give us the stories. This book is five stars for me.
Gary H. Morrison


The Fourteenth Colony
The War Starts in the West
The War Continues
Winning the West
The Counteratracks
The Land Rush
A Quick End to the War in the East
Cornwallis Surrenders but the War Goes On
Who Owns What?
Virginias Last Campaigns
The Federal Government Takes Command
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Neal O. Hammon, an architect, is the author of several books and numerous articles on pioneer history, including My Father, Daniel Boone published in 1999. He served in World War II aboard the USS Montpelier and was recalled to serve on the USS Helena for two years during the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Illinois. Richard Taylor is a professor of English at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. He has written a novel (Girty), four collections of poems, and Three Kentucky Tragedies. In 1992, he received the Distinguished Professor Award at KSU. He served as Kentucky's Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2001. He and his wife live near Frankfort with their three children.

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