Re: Wilderness Empire

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Posted by George A. Bray III on April 26, 1998 at 14:19:31:

In Reply to: Re: Wilderness Empire posted by Myrrh on April 25, 1998 at 10:55:50:

: I guess there wasn't more written about women of the time because women weren't writing it! Anyone know of any female authors of accounts of that time??? Would be nice to read those...

: Myrrh

Dear Myrrh,

The only female who wrote anything of substance that I have seen is the published journal of Charlotte Browne mentioned on the board in the past. Wish that there was more like that around.

Regarding women in general during the period, it is found in various places, and as I indicated in an earlier post, in small pieces at that. I was at the Annual Meeting of the Company of Military Historians from Thursday evening to this morning, and spoke to the former director of Fort Niagara, Brian Dunnigan, about the subject. He is working on researching a female who was with the British military at the fort during the mid to late 1760's. But that is the only other one that might offer some insights, and then I believe it will be through correspondence rather than a journal like Browne.

Lastly, regarding Eckert, I very much like his style of writing. It is very good reading and is intriguing, but that being said, I also am cautious with some of what he writes. One example of what I mean is focusing on the death of King Hendrick at the Battle of Lake George. The way he describes it is found by only one writer, Daniel Claus, and it differs entirely from what anyone else said. Consequently, one must not believe everything he talks about. If you liked Wilderness Empire, then the following book to read is The Conquerors in which the end of the war is discussed and Pontiac's Rebellion.

George A. Bray III
Major, Rogers' Rangers
LOTM Historian

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