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Chronicles of Border Warfare, or A History of the Settlement by the Whites of North-western Virginia
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Chronicles of Border Warfare, or A History of the Settlement by the Whites of North-western Virginia: and of the Indian Wars and Massacres in that Section of the State; with Reflections, Anecdotes, etc. Alexander S. Withers. Softcover, (1831), repr. 1993, Index, 330 pp.
This fascinating history, first published 160 years ago, is a treasure trove of descriptions of small events from the perspective of the early settlers of the border regions beyond the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains (and extending as far as Cincinnati and parts of Kentucky). It focusses mainly on the last half of the eighteenth century, when Williamsburg was the bustling capital of the Virginia Colony, and Patrick Henry resided in the Governor's Mansion. Grand plantations were flourishing along the James River, while in the wilderness, pioneers struggled against the elements of nature and the savages of the land they were trying to tame.
The information was gathered mainly from pioneers and their children, thereby preserving these early family and local traditions. This book also covers the early history of Virginia and major events and leaders such as George Washington and some of the men who served with him before and after the Revolution. However, the main focus is on the many smaller deeds of the backwoodsmen, early settlers, and Indians.