Chronicles of Border Warfare, or a History of the Settlement by the Whites, of North-western Virginia: And of the Indian Wars and Massacres, in That Section of the State; With Reflections, Anecdotes, &C. Alexander S. Withers.

Chronicles of Border Warfare, or a History of the Settlement by the Whites, of North-western Virginia: And of the Indian Wars and Massacres, in That Section of the State; With Reflections, Anecdotes, &C.

Clarksburg, VA: Published by Joseph Israel, 1831.

First edition. Complete without the four-page list of contents, which was printed later and is found inserted in some copies. 320pp. 12mo (7 x 4 1/4 in.; 178 x 108 mm). Bound in contemporary calf, leather label on spine, edges stained yellow; nice copy, some foxing, Signed James Elden on ffep Ayer 338; Field 1690; Howes W 601; Sabin 104928; Streeter 1107; Thomson 1257. Item #317892

Withers' book is still one of the primary sources on backwoods life in the Alleghenies and upper Ohio. Theodore Roosevelt (quoted by Larned) called this book "one of the number of books which have a great value because they preserve the traditions of the border about the Indian fighting of the second half of the eighteenth century in the West." This is the best edition, with Thwaites' judicious notes and Draper's excellent Memoir

"One of the more circumstantial and gory compilations of Indian warfare" (Streeter).

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