Whiskey Rebels: The Story of a Frontier Uprising

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Chapter IX: The First Parkinson's Ferry Meeting

WITH the passing of the Braddock's Field crisis the attention of the Monongahela country passed to the forth- coming meeting at Parkinson's Ferry on August 14. By the terms of the call, not only the four western counties of Pennsylvania but also the neighboring counties of Virginia were to send delegates. It was apparent to everyone that here was to be made the grand attempt by the disaffected to force the people of the region into open and united resistance to the laws, to lay down an ultimatum to the government that was to be backed by more than threats and desultory riots.

The resistance hitherto had been leaderless or headed by vacillating demagogues or more substantial men who went along only because they hoped to deflect the direction and dissipate the strength of the movement. The advocates of rebellion were, considering everything, remarkably naïve and aboveboard in their methods. As Brackenridge felt justified in writing later, "the intriguers here were all on the side of government; there was nothing but open force against it." The danger of a unification of radicals for the purpose of promoting a revolt was by now so apparent that the more moderate elements felt impelled to unite in support of those of their num

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