Beyond Philadelphia? The American Revolution in the Pennsylvania Hinterland

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Soldiers and Violence on the Pennsylvania Frontier

Gregory T. Knouff

The popular conception of the American Revolutionary War is of the conflict on the eastern seaboard. Most Americans imagine the birth of the United States as a battle between Patriot, Tory, and British forces, but scant attention is paid to the bloody events that took place on the frontier during the period 1775-83. For those who measure historical significance by great battles and campaigns, the hinterland war was a small-scale affair. In the state of Pennsylvania, military conflict slowly became general on the frontier between the local Indian groups and European-American settlers beginning in 1777. The Iroquois (except the

I wish to thank Peter Messer, Jacquelyn Miller, John Murrin, Thomas Slaughter, and participants in the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies seminar for helpful criticisms and suggestions on earlier drafts for this chapter.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page ii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Introduction: Pennsylvania and Its Three Revolutions ix
  • 1 - Chester County 1
  • 2 - Bucks County 23
  • 3 - The Lehigh Valley 46
  • 4 - Berks County 67
  • 5 - York County 85
  • 6 - Cumberland County 107
  • 7 - The Wyoming Valley 133
  • 8 - The Upper Juniata Valley 153
  • 9 - Soldiers and Violence on The Pennsylvania Frontier 171
  • Afterword: Pennsylvania's Revolutions in Their Broader Contexts 195
  • Notes 199
  • Contributors 253
  • Index 255
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