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President Washington’s Indian War
by Wiley Sword
Military history buffs and scholars will revel in Wiley Sword's exciting narrative, the first comprehensive history of the United States-Indian war of 1790-1795. The struggle for the Old Northwest Territory (modern-day Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan) was as vicious and bitter a conflict as any war in our history. Indeed, the very survival of the new natio ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 15th 1993 by University of Oklahoma Press
(first published December 1985)
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Jan 18, 2016 Theo Logos rated it it was amazing
Wiley Sword has written the definitive book on one of the most important chapters of our national history; a chapter that has unaccountably remained obscure and understudied despite its overwhelming importance to the development of the United States. The Indian War of 1790 to 1795 was an important postscript to the Revolution, involving undefeated belligerents and a continuing, undeclared cold war with Britain. It was central to the eventual development of a professional, standing army in the ...more
Jan 27, 2016 Joe rated it really liked it
This book contains the skeletons in George Washington's closet and, by extension, some of the original sins of the United States. The author describes the main political and military events between the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 that occurred in the Midwest (the old "Northwest"). Nobody looks good here: not the British-Canadians, nor the Indians, but especially not the Americans, who act like the only reason that they fought for their independence was so they could wipe out the ...more
Excellent research and attention to detail, plus profound observations on the unfolding and outcomes of the conflict. Swords's neutral view and ample Indian narratives are refreshing. However, the book requires existing understanding of the background and history that lead up to the conflict, as numerous names and battles are mentioned without extrapolation. Thankfully, this can be supplemented by quick Wikipedia searches.