During the Revolutionary Era much of New York State was a heavily forested frontier, sparsely populated but bitterly divided.
Although the only major campaign in the Adirondacks would end at the Battle of Saratoga, factional raiding parties traversed the mountains and valleys of the Adirondacks throughout the war.
Author Marie Danielle Annette Williams details many of those frontier raids in her new book The Revolutionary War in the Adirondacks: Raids in the Wilderness (Arcadia Publishing, 2020).
Among the stories are those of Sir Christopher Carleton, who led groups of Loyalists, Hessians and Iroquois in attacks along Lake Champlain, capturing forts and striking fear in local villages. Mohawk leader Joseph Brant and a band of irregulars known as Brant’s Volunteers made chaotic raids against Patriot targets. Marauding brothers Edward and Ebenezer Jessup brought suffering to the very lands they had purchased years before in Kingsbury, Queensbury and Fort Edward.
Marie Danielle Annette Williams is an independent historian living in Upstate New York. She has a BA in social studies adolescent education from The College of Saint Rose, and a MA in American history from Southern New Hampshire University. She has been writing about American history since 2011 on her blog The Half-Pint Historian Blog and has contributed articles to New York Almanack.
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