William Stoneís chapters and magnificent review of the geology of
this river valley land called Wyoming, its history would not be
complete without reading the near 100 pages of his book that covers
over 10,000 years of Susquehanna River Indian history.
Wrapped around the French and Indian War and the American Revolution
in the Wyoming Valley were the little know Yankee-Pennamite Wars.
These little known Pennamite Wars wore heavy on the people and land
of the Susquehanna River for 30 years as Indians, British sympathizers,
and American frontier settlers battled each other for control of
Connecticut, Pennsylvania and ultimately for American freedom.
Scattered along the Susquehanna, both Loyalists and Patriots differed
in their perceptions of the country and its future. Imagine Connecticut
Yankees fighting American Patriots; Pennsylvania Patriots fighting
British interests, and the Connecticut Yankees and Pennsylvania
Patriots fighting each other for control of the Wyoming Valley.
This tug of war between Connecticut and Pennsylvania, often pitted
neighbor against neighbor. All this happening because of undecided
land claims to the Wyoming Valley by conflicting grants from Charles
II to both the British Loyalists of Connecticut and the Patriots
of Pennsylvania of William Penn.
Other interesting chapters in this book include Francis Slocum
and her capture by the Indians. How the Susquehanna land company
was formed to help settle these conflicting land claims only to
lead to more turmoil. Read how the Seneca and British rangersí massacre
of settlers at the Battle of Wyoming helped fan the flames of American
Independence; and how General Sullivanís retaliatory campaign of
death and destruction by his troops through the Wyoming Valley into
New York State because of the massacre at Wyoming, settled once
and for all, the disputed ownership of this beautiful valley.
The History of Pennsylvaniaís Wyoming Valley has been reprinted
from the 1868 edition. This edition is without the poem Gertrude
of Wyoming but it does include the poemís most important part, nearly
100 pages of footnotes from the poem based on reliable 1st hand
Limited edition hardback, 360 pages, index, original deed info,
and excerpts from Sir William Johnsonís diary, $44.95.