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".
posted on 06/08/2006 11:46:11 AM PDT
I live about 25 north of Maysville (as the crow flies) in Adams County, Ohio. I'll have to check out the next Kenton Festival.
The books are fascinating in themselves, but also since so much of what Eckert wrote about involves this area and a radius of about a hundred miles.
posted on 06/08/2006 11:54:07 AM PDT
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