An Address by Mrs. John Case Phelps: Delivered on the Occasion of the Erection of a Monument at Laurel Run, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, September 12, 1896, to Mark the Spot where Captain Joseph Davis and Lieutenant William Jones, of the Pennsylvania Line, Were Slain by the Indians April 23, 1779

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Society, 1897 - Sullivan's Indian Campaign, 1779 - 41 pages
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Page 18 - This has been the occasional mood of many lofty minds, and has often been expressed in our literature. " Life's little stage, (says one) is a small eminence, Inch high above the grave ; that home of man, Where dwells the multitude...
Page 17 - This day we marched through the Great Swamp and Bear Swamp. The Great Swamp, which is eleven or twelve miles through, contains what is called in our maps the "shades of death...
Page 24 - Wilkesbarre, consisting of twenty-three houses, was burnt ; men and their wives were separated from each other and carried into captivity ; their property was plundered and the settlement laid waste. The remainder of the inhabitants were driven from the Valley, and compelled to proceed on foot sixty miles through the great swamp almost without food or clothing. A number perished in the journey, principally women and children — some died of their wounds, others wandered from the path in search of...
Page 31 - Resolve, That General Washington shall be, and he is hereby, vested with full, ample, and complete powers to raise and collect together, in the most speedy and effectual manner, from any or all of these United States, sixteen battalions of infantry, in addition to those already voted by Congress...
Page 15 - ... march at seven o'clock, and pass the Bear Swamp, and a place called the Shades of Death, by its being a dark, lonesome place. The sun is scarcely to be seen for the trees and bushes. Not far from this place is where Capt. Davis and Lieut. Jones, from Pennsylvania, were inhumanly murdered, April 18th, 1779, by the savages.
Page 17 - Death,' by reason of its darkness ; both swamps contain trees of amazing height, viz : hemlock, birch, pine, sugar maple, ash, locust, etc. The roads in some places are tolerable, but in other places exceedingly bad, by reason of which three of our wagons and the carriages of two field pieces were broken down.
Page 10 - Wilkes-Barre, on the night of the 1gth of April; deeming themselves out of danger from a surprise by the Indians, orders were given that officers and men should dress in their best apparel, their arms be newly burnished, and everything be put in order to appear respectably on entering the valley. As was the fashion of the day, the officers wearing ruffles, were also powdered.
Page 15 - Penn., and Lieutenant Jones of the Delaware regiments, who were, on the 23d of April last, most cruelly and inhumanly massacred and scalped by the savages, emissaries employed by the British king, as they were marching with a detachment for the relief of the garrison at Wyoming. Those gentlemen were both members of that honourable and ancient Society of Freemen. A number of brethren attended on this occasion in proper form, and the whole was conducted with propriety and harmony. Text preached on...
Page 17 - Spencer at the instance of the comman,ler-m-ehief ; the way loading to Wyoming, being before only a blind narrow path. The new road does its projectors great credit and must in a future day be of essential service to the inhabitants of Wyoming and Easton.
Page 8 - I must request you to set out as speedily as possible after the receipt of it to Head Quarters, as the season is already far advanced. Upon your arrival the whole plan of the expedition shall be communicated to you, and measures concerted for carrying it into execution. Nothing will contribute more to our success in the quarter where we really intend to strike...

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