|From the BPC Historical Collection
Under the leadership of Rufus Putnam, 48 men, departed New England during the severe
winter of 1787/88 and made their way west through the mountains to Sumrill’s Ferry on the
Youghiogheny River in Pennsylvania. There they spent the winter building two huge flatboats
to carry them down the Youghiogheny, to the Monongahela River and then down the great
Ohio River to their destination, a point of land at the mouth of the Muskingum River. Here,
these pioneers would establish the first settlement in the territory northwest of the Ohio
River and name it Marietta.
Among these early pioneers, who opened the door to western settlement of the United
States, were many heroic men and officers of the American Revolution. George Washington
said, “I know many of the settlers personally, and there never were men better calculated to
promote the welfare of such a community.” General Lafayette, the Frenchman who fought
alongside the colonists during their struggle for independence said, “I knew them well. I saw
them fighting for their country. They were the bravest of the brave. Better men never lived.”
This book contains the true stories of these great men and other pioneers who withstood
Indian Warfare, starvation, sickness, death and deprivation to establish themselves in the
wilderness of the early American frontier and begin the westward expansion of the greatest
nation on earth.
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by S. P. Hildreth, first
published in 1848.
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