Zebulon Butler: Hero of the Revolutionary Frontier

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This is a comprehensive study of the life of Zebulon Butler, a participant in the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, and the intercolonial confrontations known as the Yankee-Pennamite Wars. Butler migrated to Pennsylvania in 1769 and soon became the military and civil leader of the Connecticut settlers in the Wyoming Valley of Northeastern Pennsylvania. During the Revolutionary War, he served in one of the most dangerous theatres of the war—the isolated Susquehanna frontier of Pennsylvania—where the ...

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Overview

This is a comprehensive study of the life of Zebulon Butler, a participant in the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, and the intercolonial confrontations known as the Yankee-Pennamite Wars. Butler migrated to Pennsylvania in 1769 and soon became the military and civil leader of the Connecticut settlers in the Wyoming Valley of Northeastern Pennsylvania. During the Revolutionary War, he served in one of the most dangerous theatres of the war—the isolated Susquehanna frontier of Pennsylvania—where the struggling settlers were subject to Indian-Tory attacks and the hostility of the Pennsylvania government. After the war, Butler sought peace with the Pennsylvania authorities and exercised a steadying influence on the Wyoming community. When the longstanding land controversy between Connecticut and Pennsylvania again erupted in civil war and sparked a separate state movement encouraged by Ethan Allen, Butler counseled peace and assisted Timothy Pickering in the establishment of Luzerne County.

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JAMES R. WILLIAMSON is a retired army officer and a retired Professor of History and Business, Gwynedd-Mercy College.

LINDA A. FOSSLER is presently Adjunct Professor of History at Allentown College.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 The Early Years: 1731-1769 1
The Family Background 1
The French and Indian War: 1756-1762 4
Farmer, Merchant, Trader: 1762-1769 9
2 The Pre-Revolutionary Years: 1769-1775 13
Background: The Conflicting Claims 13
The First Yankee-Pennamite War: 1769-1771 17
Growth of the Wyoming Settlement: 1772-1775 25
The Second Yankee-Pennamite War: 1775 37
3 The Revolutionary Years: 1776-1781 41
New Dangers: 1776-1778 41
The Battle of Wyoming: 1778 54
The Hartley Expedition: 1778 65
The Sullivan Expedition: 1779 75
In Command at Wyoming: 1779-1780 86
Along the Hudson: 1781 91
4 The Post-Revolutionary Years: 1782-1790 95
The Decree of Trenton: 1782 95
The Third Yankee-Pennamite War: 1783-1784 100
The Establishment of Luzerne County: 1785-1786 107
The Confirming Act: 1787 116
Reaction, Rebellion, and Repeal: 1787-1790 120
5 The Later Years: 1787-1795 127
County Official: 1787-1792 127
Retirement: 1792-1795 130
6 Epilogue: 1795-1807 133
Notes 137
Selected Bibliography 157
Index 163
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