Bloody Mohawk: The French and Indian War and American Revolution on New York's Frontier

Overview

Through 1763, culminating with the French & Indian War, a series of colonial conflicts between the French and British raged along the North American frontiers. In the Province of New York, French intrusions were turned back with great loss of blood and treasure at places like Lake George and Ticonderoga, while Mohawk Valley towns were raided, plundered, and sometimes, as with Schenectady, virtually wiped off the map. In the American Revolution, patriots wrenched the Mohawk Valley from British interests and ...

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Overview

Through 1763, culminating with the French & Indian War, a series of colonial conflicts between the French and British raged along the North American frontiers. In the Province of New York, French intrusions were turned back with great loss of blood and treasure at places like Lake George and Ticonderoga, while Mohawk Valley towns were raided, plundered, and sometimes, as with Schenectady, virtually wiped off the map. In the American Revolution, patriots wrenched the Mohawk Valley from British interests and the Iroquois nations at fearsome cost. When the fighting was over, the valley lay in ruins and as much as two-thirds of its population lay dead or had been displaced. But by not holding this vital inland waterway-the gateway to the West, "the river between the mountains"-America might have lost the Revolution, as well as much or all of the then-poorly-defined province of New York.

This sweeping historical narrative chronicles events instrumental in the painful birth of a new nation-from the Bloody Morning Scout and the massacre at Fort William Henry to the disastrous siege of Quebec, the lopsided Battle of Valcour Island, the horrors of Oriskany, and the tragedies of the Pennsylvania Wyoming Valley massacre and the Sullivan-Clinton Expedition's destruction of the Iroquois homeland. Caught in the middle of it all was the Mohawk River Valley.

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What People Are Saying

Robert Weibel
"Richard Berleth creates an exceptional narrative here that is forever driven by the unique geography of the Mohawk Valley, as well as by the people who settled there - from the powerful Iroquois, to avaricious European fur traders, to the colonials who fought in and ultimately won a series of devastating eighteenth-century wars."--(Robert Weibel, New York State Historian and Chief Curator, New York State Museum)
Kathleen Hulser
"Bloody Mohawk offers an enjoyable and readable run through the history of the Mohawk River Valley, embroiling the French and British empires, the Iroquois Federation and various American settlers ranging from Dutch fur-traders to German farmers to New England's evangelicals. I love the way Berleth balances a mighty landscape against equally compelling characters. Constant warfare made this strategic waterway a scary place for much of the 18th century, a terror spread over a landscape of rivers, lakes and portages long obscured by modern development. Berleth's keen sense of geography makes readers want to get out their bicycles, canoes and walking boots to explore the physical terrain he animates with historical figures that show the power of dueling empires and organized Native Americans."--(Kathleen Hulser, Public Historian, Senior Curator of History, The New-York Historical Society)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883789664
  • Publisher: Black Dome Press, Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 308,032
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Berleth received his Ph.D from Rutgers University in 1970 and is currently Chair of the Communication Arts Department at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Previously he taught English at Pace University and Russell Sage College, was a managing editor for Time/Life Books, a marketing manager for McGraw-Hill, and a senior vice president at Simon & Schuster. His other books include The Twilight Lords: An Irish Chronicle, The Orphan Stone: The Minnesinger Dream of Reich, Samuel's Choice (children's) and Mary Patten (children's).
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Table of Contents

Foreword Robert Weibel viii

Preface x

Map: New York 1713-1794 xii

Acknowledgments xiv

Introduction 1

Part I River between the Mountains 9

1 On an Indian River 10

2 Muster at Albany 27

3 The Battle of Lake George 45

4 A Rumored Gift 66

5 The Missionary 92

Illustrations 117

Part II Vale of Nettles 141

6 A Revolutionary Idea 142

7 Estranged Neighbors 168

Map: Lake Champlain and Lake George 1776-1777 189

8 At the Barricades 190

9 A Ravine Too Far 212

10 Sorrow on the Land 238

Map: The Sullivan-Clinton Expedition, 1779 264

11 To Make a Desert 266

Map: The Mohawk River Valley 1775-1783 294

12 Tenonanatche Farewell 296

Notes 322

Bibliography 350

About the Author 357

Index 358

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