Re: Virginia Troops

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Posted by Gayle on August 13, 1999 at 17:51:34:

In Reply to: Re: TITANIC--what gives? posted by Pat on August 13, 1999 at 15:27:15:

: : Am I the only one who wonders what on earth titanic movies has to do with the French and Indian War of 1757 and associated topics?

: No, you are not the only one. Does anyone know anything about Virginia troops in the French and Indian War? I'm interested in their participation. Any recommended reading?
: Pat

Hi Pat!

This is a good question, and it has struck me that I, for one, tend to focus on one part of the country at a time during any period of history, forgetting that the nation was dealing with a vast number of expansion and government conflicts everyplace at the same time. I get to thinking that the whole country was focusing on the wars in the northeast, while in actuality, the communications were so primitive at that time, that each part of the country was only minimally aware of the traumas and struggles going on in any other part.

One of the most interesting books I have read, which really focuses me on the Virginia issues is Mark Baker's "Sons of a Trackless Forest". In the process of recording the wonderful history of the Cumberland longhunters, he manages to make the reader much more knowledgeable about the efforts of Virginians (and the British troops supporting Virginia) to spread the Virginia territory westward.

The opposing claims of Virginia, which intended to expand its holdings all the way west and north across the Mississippi, and the Ohio Territory, which intended to expand its holdings all the way west and south across the same river, make an interesting story. Of course the clashing interests of the Cherokee and Shawnee tribes who were trying to hold on to the same territory makes the northeastern wars sound small by comparison. And the Virginia and Ohio Territory pretenders couldn't have been less interested in what was happening at remote outposts like Fort William Henry. They had their own British military snafus to deal with, and a colorful story it makes!

Add to that the ambitions and greed of the market traders like Baynton, Wharton and Morgan and the market hunters and settlers like Daniel Boone and Simon Girty (where have I run across him before?;o), and the greed and far-reaching arms of the British governors, and the activity is mind-boggling.


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