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The Wilderness War is the eagerly awaited fourth volume in Allan W. Eckert's acclaimed series of narratives, The Winning of America, the violent and monumental description of the wresting of the North American continent from the Indians.
Two hundred fifty years had elapsed since the Five Nations, the greatest of the Indian tribes, ceased their continual warfare among themselves and banded together for mutual defense. Their union had created the feared and formidable Iroquois League; their empire stretched from Lake Champlain, across New York to Niagara Falls. Theirs was a remarkable form of representative government that presaged our own, and their wealth lay in the vast, beautiful lands abundant with crops. As warriors they were unsurpassed---even the depredations of the recent French and Indian War could not diminish their prowess.
But by 1770 the white men living in their land were fighting among themselves again, and war came once more to the Iroquois land.
The Wilderness War begins in 1763 (where the second book in this series, Wilderness Empire, concluded with the English victory over the French in the French and Indian War) and continues through the American Revolution to 1780, by which time the Iroquois League had been ruptured and the Indians dispossessed of their homelands.
Their defeat and humiliation occurred despite the valor of their famous war chief Thayendanegea, better known as Joseph Brant, who had allied his tribes with the one man the Iroquois loved and trusted, Sir William Johnson, Colonial Superintendent of Indian Affairs, and subsequently with Johnson's son and nephew, leaders of the Tory forces in New York.
Based on an abundance of primary sources: original letters and notes, diaries and journals, deeds, wills, military records, Indian tribal records, logbooks, newspapers and magazines and government reports, and dominated by the compelling character of Chief Joseph Brant, The Wilderness War gives a factual account (sustained with the suspense and pace of first-rate fiction) of the last years of the Iroquois Empire and the first years of the American nation. Allan W. Eckert has molded the raw facts of history into a moving, perceptive and penetrating narrative. It is filled with the pathos and action, humanity and savagery which were all a part of survival on the expanding American frontier.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6" Height: 1.6" Weight: 2.2 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2003
Publisher Jesse Stuart Foundation
ISBN 193167213X ISBN13 9781931672139
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More About Allan W. Eckert
Allan W. Eckert is an historian, naturalist, novelist, poet, screenwriter and playwright. He is the author of thirty-nine published books, and has been nominated on seven separate occasions for the Pulitzer Prize in literature.
Allan W. Eckert lived in Corona. Allan W. Eckert was born in 1931 and died in 2011.
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Quite Significant Jan 4, 2008
The Wilderness War gives a factual, detailed account of the last years of the Iroquois Empire and the first years of the American nation.
During the French and Indian War, the famed Iroquois Confederation, which ruled the Northeast for 250 years, had ruptured. As the fractured union sides with Great Britain against the rebels, they are ultimately destroyed by Washington's decision to send General John Sullivan's army to not only completely annihilate but also dispossess this most effective Indian Army from its ancestral lands.
Exceptionally researched, detailed and written, this is a most compelling account of an aspect of America's Revolutionary War that is almost never covered in histories of the revolution. It is the story of the continuing expansion of America's frontier when that meant New York State. Like all of Eckert's work, it is filled with the people who lived it, who participated in it and survived the savage butchery that occurred.
The Adventure Continues Nov 8, 2007
This is the best series I ever read. These stories make me humble to be an American.
Great series! Jul 28, 2007
This is one of the weaker books in Eckert's series, but it was still a good read. I'd recommend it for any Eckert fan, or any other American-History fan. You should definately read the other books in the series!!!
Well written Jul 24, 2007
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is well written and factually correct to my knowledge. I grew up in the area where many of these events took place and learned about them in my elementary school days in a dry and factual way. This book made the events come to life in an interesting and facinating way for me.
The Wilderness War Jul 18, 2006
This is an extremely well written book, that is easy to understand. It gives interesting excerpts about the main characters, not just the cut and dry facts about the Revolutionary War taking place on the Pennsylvania and New York frontier. The author tries to give a fair review of the battles taking place from both sides of the war, but is perhaps a little biased in favor of the American Patriots. The book has several maps throughout that help a great deal in following the battles. My only disappointment is that the book ends when the Sullivan Campaign ends, which was not really the end of the Revolutionary War. Only a paragraph in the epilogue refers to Joseph Brant continuing the warfare, as if he alone battled on after Sullivan's campaign. Yet, what was written to that point was the best I have read, so far on the Frontier battles.