General Benjamin Franklin: The Military Career of a Philosopher

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VI
THE MARCH TO THE FRONTIER

THE eastern ridge of the Appalachian chain runs like a mighty mountain wall southwest to northeast. From the Schuylkill to the Delaware there is only one pass in this barrier, the narrow gap through which rush the waters of the Lehigh. Bishop Spangenberg, whose military instinct was so sure that he might have risen high in the profession of arms, was prompt to realize the advantages entailed in the possession of this important pass, and emphasized them to Richard Peters.

I have considered that if Gnädenhutten is emptied and left to the enemy it may prove the ruin not only of all the settlements lying along the Lehigh and Delaware, but also of Philadelphia. If the French once come and build there a fort, it will cost as much, if I am not mistaken, as the taking of Crown Point to get it out of their hands. For if they put a garrison in the Gaps of the mountains, you you cannot come at them at all with any great guns.1

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Spangenberg to Peters. Moravian Memorials, Vol. I, p. 248.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword v
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • I - The Imperiled Frontier 1
  • II - The Journey to Bethlehem 16
  • III - Christmas at Easton 28
  • IV- New Year at Reading 40
  • V - The Return to Bethlehem 58
  • VI - The March to the Frontier 67
  • VII - The Building of the Forts 74
  • VIII - The Colonel of The Philadelphia Regiment 86
  • Bibliography 99
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