Category Archives: Western Frontier

The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell, Part 2

An Englishman on the Frontier Part 1 click here. Nicholas Cresswell left Alexandria for the Illinois Country on March 16, 1775, his correspondence as yet unknown to the local Committee of Safety.  The Ohio River served as a highway to … Continue reading

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ERW Weekender: Wheeling

Emerging Revolutionary War welcomes guest historian Jon-Erik Gilot. A short bio is attached at the bottom of this post. Though perhaps more widely known as the birthplace of West Virginia during the Civil War, Wheeling and its environs retains several … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day and the Legend of Ponks Uteney

Before Americans began relying on a local groundhog to predict the weather, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania had a legend attached to it. In 1772, Native Americans converted to Christianity under the tutelage of missionaries from the Church of the United Brethren (known … Continue reading

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McColloch’s Leap

“By no means comparable with the feats of a similar character” and “performed an act of daring” and “nay, desperate horsemanship” and “seldom been equaled by man or beast.” All these describe the amazing escape of Major Samuel McColloch in … Continue reading

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