Thursday, May 25, 2017

George's Insight

Source - 1759 Map Of Pittsburgh Area (Probably Not Washington's Map)

From The Plains of Abraham by Brian Connell:

George, precise and methodical, had his surveyor's notebook with him, making a remarkably accurate map of their progress, pin-pointing likely land for clearance and development and applying his as yet untrained military mind to the possibilities of erecting forts and strong points. With true insight, he made a special note of the gently rising point of land where the Monongahela and the Allegheny join, now the site of the city of Pittsburgh.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Exploring Florida

Northern Florida

Pioneers of the Old Southwest:...

Boone's party explored Florida from St. Augustine to Pensacola, and Daniel became sufficiently enamored of the tropical south to purchase there land and a house. His wife, however, was unwilling to go to Florida, and she was not long in convincing the hunter that he would soon tire of a gameless country. A gameless country! Perhaps this was the very thought which turned the wanderer's desires again towards the land of Kentucky.  The silencing of the enemy's whisper in the Cherokee camps had opened the border forests once more to the nomadic rifleman.

Boone was not alone in the desire to seek out what lay beyond. His brother-in-law, John Stewart, and a nephew by marriage, Benjamin Cutbirth, or Cutbird, with two other young men, John Baker and James Ward, in 1766 crossed the Appalachian Mountains, probably by stumbling upon the Indian trail winding from base to summit and from peak to base again over this part of the great hill barrier. They eventually reached the Mississippi River and, having taken a good quantity of peltry on the way, they launched upon the stream and came in time to New Orleans, where they made a satisfactory trade of their furs.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Corporal 'Lige's Recruit...

...A Story of Crown Point and Ticonderoga,  By James Otis (Juvenile Fiction):


A reference to Ticonderoga was found in an ancestor's (John Backus) Revolutionary War pension papers here.  In a supporting affidavit for his father's pension application, John Backus's son stated that he "Often heard him say on his return that he was at Ticonderoga under Gen'l Wayne in Captain Douglas Company."

Friday, May 5, 2017

All On the Natchez Trace

House In Natchez, Mississippi


"All (on the Natchez Trace) merged in the march of pioneers...doomed men and men of destiny moved along it."  "Their movement was not merely geographical along a north-south trail.  It was also chronological through a history which included Indian resistance, French speculation in settlement, Spanish domination, and finally American expansion."