Old and New Westmoreland Volume 1

Old and New Westmoreland Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...In the meantime, the Iroquois Indians from the North came down on the west branch of the Susquehanna and killed and captured about thirty settlers. This caused great suffering, and those who could do so, went-with their horses and cattle to Carlisle and Lancaster. This was followed by the Vyoming Massacre, so beautifully commemorated, with considerable poetic license. however, in the poem of Thomas Campbell, entitled "Gertrude of Wyoming." About four hundred British and Tories and seven hundred Iroquois Indians from New York invaded the settlement and in a few days almost exterminated its inhabitants. Broadhead was then at Carlisle with the returning Eighth Regiment and was ordered at once to the North to chastise the Indians, drive them from our State and encourage the settlers to return to their homes. Part of the regiment had already advanced westward, their object being to secure food and provisions for the main body of the regiment to follow. Broadhead left the heavy baggage at Carlisle, and about three hundred and forty of his ablest soldiers hurried North to Sunbury, where, in Fort Augusta, one hundred volunteers were awaiting them. But the main body of the British and Indians had gone away and little else was left for Broadhead to do than clear the country of small bands of savages who had remained. By guarding the country by means of detachments, he also encouraged the settlers to return to their farms. The advance of his forces had prevented the Indians from destroying all the crops. On July 24 he wrote: "Great numbers of the inhabitants returned upon my approach and are now collected in large bodies reaping their harvests." The only encounter of his forces was sustained by Captain Finley's company....show more

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  • Paperback | 218 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 399g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236979753
  • 9781236979759