Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania is an area rich in history, none
of which is more fascinating than in its origin. Settled not by
the people of Pennsylvania, but rather of Connecticut due to conflicting
land grants, it produced a titanic struggle between the Yankee settlers
and Indians, British, Tories, and Pennamites, which stretched from
the French and Indian War to well past the Revolutionary War. In
these years many battles were fought, much blood was spilled; some
say no area in America suffered more in proportion to population.
Brother did turn against brother, and father did turn against son.
Still, the settler stood fast, possessed by a spirit which in turn
would conquer the American west.
The Wyoming Valley did not sit on the fringes of the frontier but
some sixty miles beyond it. These early pioneers carved out a settlement
in the heart of a wilderness staunchly contested by people on all
sides. Not only did they have to contend with the Indian threat,
but with Pennsylvanians wishing to rid their northern borders of
the Yankee intruders, and latter on when their firm support of the
revolution became known, with the British Empire. Burned out, attacked
from all sides, racked with betrayal from within their own numbers
they stood fast in the face of impossible odds. Their spirit is
a testament to the indomitable spirit of America. Their story is
one of America. Read and discover within their struggle against
the scalping knife and British Empire a great story, one that should
never be forgotten, one that defines the American spirit.
James Miller is a United States Navy veteran and resides in Gettysburg
where he is a Licensed Battlefield Guide. He's an avid history buff
who joined a revolutionary war reenactment group around Wilkes-Barre
and the upper reaches of the Susquehanna River.
Paperback, 2011, 522 pages, index, $19.99.