The best book on the history of this period is Alan Ekert's "Wilderness Empire." He gives some great details on Roger's Rangers and on this very area in question.
Eckert is probably the most readable real historian I've ever run across.
Incidentally, his history on the frontier with Simon Kenton in a starring role should be of interest to anyone named "Kenton." It is another absolutely gripping history. "The Frontiersman."
Yes, I've read the book. I'm also a living history reenactor, and every September I go take part in the Simon Kenton Fronier Festival in Maysville, Kentucky. I've been fortunate enough to make the acquaintance of a number of both Simon Kenton's and Simon Girty's present-day descendants.
Here's a link to a review I wrote about it back in 1997, along with some pics of me "time-tripping".
I read a book twenty or more years ago about the Ohio frontier in the early 1800s or late 1700s that was written in the form a diary. I really enjoyed the book, but for the life of me I can't remember the name. Does anybody recall such a book?
I still vividly recall the description of Indians tying a captive to a pole, slitting his belly open, tying his entrails to the pole and forcing him to walk around the pole. Of course, this was practiced long before panties-on-the-head became a serious offense against humanity.
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Francis Parkman is an excellent historian and was a prolific writer about this era. His book "Montcalm and Wolfe" is the best accounting I have read.