Three Rivers
History From America's Most Famous Valleys

Border Wars

by Elizabeth Eggleston Seelye
Assisted by Edward Eggleston
New York
Dodd, Mead and Company, Publishers, 1879.


IN this book we have endeavored to keep in view the main purpose of the series-to make the history of our country interesting- to the general reader, and especially to young- people. We have consequently treated with fulness those passages in the history of the Iroquois, and in the lives of Brant and Red Jacket, that had to do with personal adventure.

We have not thought it necessary to encumber the pages of a book intended for popular use with references to authorities.

We are of course very largely indebted to the voluminous and painstaking works of Colonel William L. Stone, the " Life of Brant," in two octavo volumes, and the "Life of Red Jacket." These works, compiled from original documents, are of the highest authority and value, but their very fulness of information and quotation renders them more useful to the historical student than to the general reader. We are also greatly indebted to " The Campaign of Lieut.-Gen. John Burgoyne," by William L. Stone, Esq., the younger, and " The Life and Times of Sir William Johnson," by the same author. The younger Mr. Stone has ably and diligently worked the historic lead opened by his father, so that the careers of the two writers seem to be but one. " The History of the Five Indian Nations," by Cadwallader Colden (1727); "The Annals of Tryon County," by William W. Campbell; " The League of the Iroquois," by Lewis H. Morgan; " History of the Indian Tribes of Hudson's River," by E. M. Rutenber; " The Life of Capt. Joseph Brant" (Brantford, Ontario, 1872); Cusick's "Sketches of Ancient History of the Six Nations;" Drake's "Indian Biography;" Bancroft's " History of the United States;" "Letters and Memoirs of Madame de Riedesel," with others of less importance, have been laid under contribution in the writing of this book. Mr. Schoolcraft's " Notes on the Iroquois" we have examined carefully, but it has furnished little of value.

Especial mention should be made of the eloquent histories of Mr. Francis Parkman, to which we are almost wholly indebted for the account of the early wars of the Iroquois, and all that part of the narrative which touches on the relations of the French and Indians. The reader who wishes to pursue the study of the early history of America with delight cannot do better than to follow Mr. Parkman's lead.
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