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  1. 1. Sign Talker The Adventure of George Drouillard on the Lewis and Clark Expedition By James Alexander Thom (2000)Following the Louisiana Purchase, Thomas Jefferson sendsMeriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the newly acquiredTerritory. To survive, the two captains need an extraordinary hunterwho will be able to provide the expedition with fresh game, and a sign-talker,to communicate with the native tribes. They choose George Drouillard.It is Drouillard, an actual historical figure, who becomes our eyes and earson this unforgettable odyssey.
  2. 2. The Story of Peter Looney: his year with the Indians Patricia H. Quinlan (2009)This story of Peter Looney is based on truth. He was a sargeant in the militia atFort Vause in southwestern Virginia. The fort was destroyed in 1756 by onehundred Indians and some French soldiers. Seventeen men, three women andfour girls were taken across the Shennandoah Mountains where the men had towalk up creeks, through dense forest and sleep on the ground with nothing tocover them. The women and girls were allowed to ride, but they too had to sleepon the ground, endure rain storms, heat and whatever food the Indians gavethem. If their shoes wore out they walked barefoot. (from the cover)
  3. 3. Follow the River A Novel Based on the True Ordeal of Mary Ingles by James Alexander Thom (1981) Mary Ingles was twenty-three, happily married, and pregnant with her third child when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement In 1755 and kidnapped her, leaving behind a bloody massacre. For months they held her captive, but nothing could imprison her spirit. With the rushing Ohio River as her guide, Mary Ingles walked one thousandmiles through an untamed wilderness no white woman had ever seen. Her story lives on – extraordinary testimony to the indomitable strength of one pioneer woman who risked her life to return to her own people.
  4. 4. From Sea to Shining Sea …a fitting tribute to the wisdom and courage of Ann Rogers Clark, herhusband John, and the ten sons and daughters they nurtured and inspired… by James Alexander Thom (1984) In one generation, the Clark family of Virginia fought for our nation’s independence, and explored, conquered, and settled the continent, from sea to shining sea. This powerful and beautifully written book recreates the warm life of the family, the dangers of the battlefield, the grueling journeys across an untamed wilderness, and the soul-stirring Lewis and Clark expedition.
  5. 5. Long Knife A Novel Based on the Life of George Rogers Clark By James Alexander Thom (1979)Two centuries ago, with the support of the young revolutionary government,George Rogers Clark led a small but fierce army west from Virginia to conquerAll the territory between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. He battled the British,Forged friendships with French and Spanish settlers, and made treaties with manyIndian tribes who revered the lanky, red-haired white man and called him LongKnife. He fell in love with the woman of his dreams, the beautiful Spanish maidenTeresa de Leyba. And George Rogers Clark was, in the end, bitterly betrayed by thesame government he had so nobly served.
  6. 6. A Seed-bed of the RepublicA Study of the Pioneers in the Upper (Southern) Valley of Virginia by Robert Douthat Stoner (1962) Considering Virginia history from a purely local point of view there is a vital need for the present residents of Botetourt, and especially for the young people, to have something in print to help them keep in memory the early days, so fraught with hard labor and plain living, in the terror of Indian wars and the turmoil of the Revolution; to them a book such as this one by Mr. Stoner recounting the heroic deeds in daily life and in war should be considered not only a memorial to forbears, but as a source of inspiration to withstand some of the difficulties of modern life.
  7. 7. Warrior Woman The exceptional Life Story of Nonhelema, Shawnee Indian Woman Chief By James Alexander Thom and Dark Rain Thom (2003)Literate, lovely , and intimidating, Nonhelema was the Women’s Peace ChiefOf the Shawnee Nation and a legend in her own time. In 1774, as three thousandVirginians waited to attack her tribe’s homeland, her plea for peace was denied. Soshe loyally became a fighter, striding into battle. When the tribe ran low onammunition, Nonhelema’s role changed back to peacemaker, this time tragically.Negotiating an armistice with military leaders of the American Revolution includingDaniel Boone and George Rogers Clark, she found herself estranged from her ownpeople and betrayed by her white allies. Through valiant acts and steadfastness,Nonhelema proved herself a remarkable leader – one willing to fight to avoid war, awoman whose heart was too big for the world she wanted to tame.
  8. 8. Panther in the Sky A Novel Based on the Life of Tecumseh by James Alexander Thom (1989)“The story of a bruised and threatened culture…Thom’srendering of the Shawnee world is authoritative.Tecumseh is a wonderful character… Panther in the Sky isbloody, brave and honorable…” The Washington Post Book World“Riveting…Historical fiction at its finest!” American Library Association
  9. 9. Blue Jacket War Chief of the Shawnees by Allan W. Eckert (2003)In the year 1771, a white boy named Marmaduke Van Swearingen was capturedby the Shawnee Indians in what is now West Virginia, but then was the edge ofthe American frontier. Impressed with his bravery, he was not killed but insteadwas taken to Ohio where he was adopted into the tribe and given the name BlueJacket, from the blue shirt he was wearing at the time of his capture. The boy grewto excel as a warrior and leader and became the only white to be made war chiefof the Shawnee Nation. And the name Blue Jacket became famous throughout theNorthwest Territory. The characters in this book were real people who lived thelife and did the things herein recounted. Much of the dialogue is taken directlyfrom historical records.
  10. 10. The Story of Peter Looney His year with the Indians by Patricia H. Quinlan (2009)This story of Peter Looney is based on truth. He was a Sargent in the militia at FortVause in southwestern Virginia. The fort was destroyed in 1756 by one hundred Indiansand some French soldiers. Seventeen men, three women and four girls were takenacross the Shenandoah Mountains where the men had to walk up creeks, throughdense forest and sleep on the ground, endure rain storms, heat and whatever foodthe Indians gave them. If their shoes wore out they walked barefoot.This was a trip of several weeks before they were taken across the Ohio River. Noteveryone lived to see the end of their journey. They were divided up among thedifferent tribes. Most were never heard from again. But Peter was adopted by a chiefand lived to tell his story.
  11. 11. Boone A Biography by Robert Morgan (2007) The story of Daniel Boone is the story of America – its ideals, its promise, Its romance, and its destiny. Bestselling, critically acclaimed author Robert Morgan uncovers the complex character of a frontiersman whose astonishing life was far stranger and more fascinating than the mythssurrounding him. Morgan’s authoritative and rich biography offers a wholly new perspective on a man who has been an American icon for more than two hundred years – a hero as important to American history as his more political contemporaries George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.
  12. 12. The Visits of Lewis and Clark to Fincastle, Virginia By Gene Crotty (2003)In March, 1792, William Clark, age 21, followed his five older brothers’ footsteps andenlisted as a lieutenant in the regular army after serving three years in the localKentucky Militia. He served as a commissioned officer for nearly five years and tookpart in the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794 under General “Mad Anthony “ Wayne.During his last six months of Army service (1796-97) he served as commanding officer ofa company where Lieutenant Meriwether Lewis served as a junior officer…..During thesame military period, there were two natives of Fincastle in Botetourt County, whoserved in the army with Lewis and Clark. One was Lieutenant William “Billy”Preston, Jr., of “Greenfield”, near Fincastle, and the other was Lieutenant BenjaminStrother.
  13. 13. The Overmountain Men: Early Tennessee History Battle of Kings Mountain; Cumberland Decade State of Franklin; Southwest Territory By Pat Alderman (1970) The exploration, settlement and founding of the first free government in America; its struggles for survival, Culminating in the Battle of Kings Mountain…
  14. 14. General Andrew Lewis of Roanoke and Greenbrier by Patricia Givens Johnson (1980)“For Lewis’ part he did not realize as he joined the other recruits in Alexandriathat he was embarking on a path of continual warfare for the next nine years, nor that he would be serving under a man who someday would be known as one of the world’s greatest soldiers. Washington was far from great now, only a provincial major who had gathered a motley band described as ‘loose, idle persons, quite destitute of house, home…and…clothes… without shoes, stockings, shirts and coats.’ “
  15. 15. That Dark and Bloody River Allan W. Eckert (1995)Eckert combines meticulous research with his powerful storytellingstyle to portray the struggle for domination of the Valley (OhioRiver Valley). Showing us the heroism and savagery on the parts ofboth whites and native people, the political pressures on theColonies’ British governors to hold back expansion, and theenterprising and indomitable spirit of America’s first pioneers, ThatDark and Bloody River opens a window into the past – and theheart- of the American people. (cover)
  16. 16. William Preston and the Allegheny Patriots by Patricia Givens Johnson (1976)Chapter 1 Ulster Child in Augusta“Colonel Patton placed his nephew with the Reverend Mr. Craig for anexcellent course of history, mathematics and penmanship.”Letitia Preston Floyd to Benjamin Rush Floyd - February 23, 1843