The Tuscarawas Valley in Indian Days 1750-1797: Original Journals and Old Maps

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This book consists of the eyewitness accounts of persons who came into the Tuscarawas Valley in eastern Ohio in the last half of the 18th century. There are 48 journals, each one opening a small window into the past. We can hear, in the words of the traveler himself, of his trip to the Valley, usually starting and ending at Fort Pitt, of the people he met, Indian and white, and of his descriptions of the Indian towns and customs. The journals encompass the entire period between the first detailed account of the Ohio country by an English-speaking person, Christopher Gist in 1750, to the time, in 1797, when the Tuscarawas Valley was being surveyed for settlement by the whites, and the Indian culture was passing from the valley. It is, without doubt, the most comprehensive, first-person look at the valley in Indian days that has ever been published.

There are also 30 maps in the book, most of them dating from the 18th century. When the valley was being surveyed in 1797, the vestiges of six Indian towns were noted on these maps, and they are displayed on the left-hand page of the book. Opposite to them, on the right-hand page, are the modern topographic maps of the same locations, thus enabling the reader to see precisely where the old Indian town was located on the modern map. Other maps are included for the purpose of helping to establish the locations of some towns that were not noted on the 1797 survey, or for some other particular purpose.

By means of these journals and maps, the locations of White Eyes Town and Muskingum are now known. Also the location of Bouquet's 16th Encampment survey point is established. Many other new facts are brought out about the Tuscarawas Valley in Indian Days.

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The book is hardbound with a laminated dustjacket, 424 pages, 8x11, Smyth sewn, and printed on 60#, natural, acid-free paper. It has an extensive bibliography, is indexed and has cataloging in publication data. For a book of this size and quality the price is remarkably low. Praise from readers: One of the most comprehensive and splendidly written books on the early history of Tuscarawas County. should be in the home of every person interested in Tuscarawas County history.

Earl P. Olmstead, author of Blackcoats Among the Delaware and David Zeisberger The finest piece of research I've seen in 50 years. A great book.

Gary Winterburn, author of History of the Great Trail the book is so handsome, so beautifully produced and laid out. I love it.

Carolyn See, author of numerous novels I feel the necessity of congratulating you on the magisterial The Tuscarawas Valley in Indian Days. many thanks for having given us a book that fully does what it set out to do. It gives a real sense of the period.

Richard Baum, Chester, England

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This book is the culmination of many years of looking for all of the journals that have been published of travel into the eastern Ohio area during the Indian days of the last half of the 1700s. I have put into this book all that I could find, usually starting at Fort Pitt, coming into the Indian country as far as the Muskingum River (the upper part of which is now called the Tuscarawas River) and going back to Fort Pitt. Since most of these trips were made in peacetime the journals consist of the author's descriptions of his travels, his meetings with the Indians, their houses and towns, what they were doing during his visit, etc. Some, however, were made during hostile expeditions to destroy the Indian towns, while others were made by captives from the days of the French & Indian War. It is a unique collection, and furnishes to the reader a realistic, first-hand look at the Indian country as it actually was in those days. It is as though the journalist is talking to you directly, telling you about his trip.

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