Mirror of Olden Time: Border Life

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Mirror of Olden Time: Border Life

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The book includes many personal narratives and sketches of the remarkable adventures of numerous early Frontier men such as Col. James Smith, Sam Brady, the Whetzels, Moses Van Campen, Simon Kenton and more. The border warfare history of Pennsylvania and Virginia, including many scarcely documented skirmishes, raids, and frontier adventures, combined with the almost 300 pages of personal adventures and narratives of important frontiersmen make this book worth reading. As Mr. Pritts says: “From the material in our hands, we might have attempted a general outline of the period we have undertaken to illustrate; we might have given a more connected narrative of the frontier events we wished to preserve; and conclude with a general description of border life and border characters of the period. Such attempts have been often made. But they are usually wanting in interest; they fail to give any vivid impressions of what they describe; and very frequently they are only calculated to mislead. We have chosen rather to give our Incidents of Border Life in detached pieces as we found them, especially where adventurers themselves, or those who were their contemporaries, have related the events of their times, we have greatly preferred preserving their own words. The History of Indian warfare is always fraught with scenes of cruelty and bloodshed; and while the reader of these narratives will be often shocked by incidents of horror and suffering, he will be also not unfrequently called, in their perusal, to admire the heroism and constancy of a noble ancestry, and to appreciate better the value of that state of civilized tranquility which he enjoys, by contrasting it with the hardships and privations of those who have gone before him.”

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