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Chronicles of Border Warfare or, a History of the Settlement by the Whites   By: (1792-1865)

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Chronicles of Border Warfare or, a History of the Settlement by the Whites, written by Alexander Scott Withers, provides a gripping account of the turbulent era of American frontier settlements. Withers brings to life the tumultuous struggles and profound hardships faced by early settlers as they courageously carved out a new existence in the untamed terrain of the American frontier.

The book is a remarkable amalgamation of historical facts, firsthand accounts, and Withers' own detailed observations. Starting from the early colonization efforts of the whites, Withers meticulously chronicles the harrowing narrative of a land locked in constant conflict with Native American tribes and rival European powers.

Withers' narrative style is captivating and engrossing. He vividly portrays the bravery and resilience of the settlers, while also painting a vivid picture of the terrifying hostility they encountered. Through his extensive research and extensive use of primary sources, he crafts a narrative that is not only historically accurate but also emotionally impactful.

One aspect that particularly stands out is Withers' impartiality and objectivity. Rather than simply presenting a one-sided view, he carefully considers the perspectives of both the settlers and the Native Americans. This multifaceted approach lends the book a deeper level of insight into the complexities of the time, allowing readers to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the cultural clashes and power struggles.

Moreover, Chronicles of Border Warfare is not limited to recounting individual incidents or skirmishes. Withers masterfully weaves together these isolated events to present a holistic view of the broader historical context. This approach ensures that readers gain a clear understanding of how these isolated encounters shaped the larger narrative of American expansion westward.

While the book is undoubtedly a treasure trove of historical information, it should be noted that the language and writing style can be dense at times. Withers' attention to detail and exhaustive accounts can occasionally be overwhelming for readers looking for a lighter read. However, for those with a keen interest in American history, particularly the frontier era, this book serves as an invaluable resource.

Overall, Chronicles of Border Warfare or, a History of the Settlement by the Whites is a meticulously researched and beautifully written account of the trials and triumphs of early American settlers. Withers' ability to transport readers to a time long gone, as well as his fair and balanced approach to the subject matter, makes this book essential reading for anyone seeking to delve into the complexities of America's frontier history.

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Transcriber's Note

This is a 1971 reprint edition of the 1895 edition of "Chronicles of Border Warfare." The modern title page and verso have been relocated to the end of the text.

The 1895 edition includes and expands on the original 1831 edition. Throughout this text, the pagination of the original edition is indicated by brackets, such as [54].

Capitalization standards for the time (i.e. "fort Morgan," "mrs. Pindall," "Ohio river") have been preserved.

Variable hyphenation has been preserved.

Archaic and variable spelling has been preserved.

Author's punctuation style has been preserved.

Typographical problems have been corrected as listed in the Transcriber's Note at the end of the text.

Passages in italics are indicated by underscores .





History of the Settlement by the Whites, of North Western Virginia, and of the Indian Wars and Massacres in that section of the State





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Secretary of the Wisconsin Historical Society, editor of "Wisconsin Historical Collections," and author of "The Colonies, 1492 1750," "Historic Waterways," "Story of Wisconsin," etc... Continue reading book >>

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