General Benjamin Franklin: The Military Career of a Philosopher

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VII
THE BUILDING OF THE FORTS

FRANKLIN was to remain eighteen days at Gnädenhutten, and his routine is to be pieced together from scraps of information given in his own letters, from the account of Thomas Lloyd, and from the reports brought back to Bethlehem by the Moravian teamsters and entered in the Diary of the Brotherhood. Some light comes from overseas in an unexpected Scottish narrative, a gust from the Highlands mingling with the pine-scented blasts of the Pennsylvania mountains. Peter Williamson, the Indian captive, the recital of whose woes thrilled our forefathers in two hemispheres, was born and bred in the historic town of Aberdeen. The neighbors described him as "A long, stourie, bumbleheaded loon, very ill to guide and very rough till he got clothes." "Some years before the battle of Culloden," as he tells us, he was kidnapped in true Stevensonian style and sold into slavery in Pennsylvania. His vessel was wrecked

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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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