Southwest Virginia Bibliography

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The following references are from Source:Skinner, 1921. Some of these works barely touch on southwest Virginia. NB:The comments shown here are those of Skinner, 1921.




C. A. Hanna, 1902The Scotch-Irish, 2 vols. New York, 1902. A very full if somewhat over-enthusiastic study.
H. J. Ford, 1915The Scotch-Irish in America. Princeton, 1915. Excellent.
A. G. Spangenberg, 1897Extracts from his Journal of

travels in North Carolina, 1752. Publication of the

Southern History Association. Vol. i, 1897.
A. B. Faust, 1909The German Element in the United States, 2 vols. (1909).
J. P. MacLean, 1900An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America (1900).
S. H. Cobb, 1897The Story of the Palatines (1897).
N. D. Mereness (editor), 1916Travels in the American Colonies. New York, 1916. This collection contains

the diary of the Moravian Brethren cited in the first chapter of the present volume.


Joseph Doddridge,Notes on the Settlements and Indian Wars of the Western Parts of Virginia and Pennsylvania, from 1763 to 1783. Albany, 1876. An intimate description of the daily life of the early settlers in the Back Country by one of themselves.
J. F. D. Smyth, 1784 Tour in the United States of America, 2 vols. London, 1784. Minute descriptions of the Back Country and interesting pictures of the life of the settlers ; biased as to political views by Royalist sympathies.
William H. Foote, 1846Sketches of North Carolina, New York, 1846. See Foote also for history of the first Presbyterian ministers in the Back Country. As to political history, inaccurate.


J. S. Bassett (editor), 1901The Writings of Colonel William Byrd of Westover. New York, 1901. A contemporary record of early Virginia.
Thomas Walker,1888 Journal of an Exploration in the Spring of the Year 1750. Boston, 1888. The record of his travels by the discoverer of Cumberland Gap.
William M. Darlington (editor), 1893Christopher Gist's Journals. Pittsburgh, 1893. Contains Gist's account of his surveys for the Ohio Company, 1750.
C. A. Hanna, 1911The Wilderness Trail, 9, vols. New York, 1911. An exhaustive work of research, with full accounts of Croghan and Findlay. See also Croghan's and Johnson's correspondence in vol. vii, New York Colonial Records.
James Adair, 1775The History of the American Indians, etc. London, 1775. The personal record of a trader who was one of the earliest explorers of the Alleghanies and of the Mississippi region east of the river; a many-sided work, intensely interesting.
C. W. Alvord, 1906The Genesis of the Proclamation of 1763. Reprinted from Canadian Archives Report, 1906. A new and authoritative interpretation. In this connection see also the correspondence between Sir William Johnson and the Lords of Trade in vol. vn of New York Colonial Records.
Justin Winsor, 1895The Mississippi Basin. The Struggle in America between England and France. Cambridge, 1895. Presents the results of exhaustive research and the coordination of facts by an historian of broad intellect and vision. Colonial and State Records of North Carolina. 30 vols. The chief fountain source of the early history of North Carolina and Tennessee.
W. H. Hoyt, 1907The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. New York, 1907. This book presents the view generally adopted by historians, that the alleged Declaration of May 20, 1775, is spurious.
Justin Winsor (editor), 1884-1889. Narrative and Critical History of America. 8 vols. (1884-1889). Also The Westward Movement. Cambridge, 1897. Both works of incalculable value to the student.
C. W. Alvord, 1917The Mississippi Valley in British Politics. 2 vols. Cleveland, 1917. A profound work of great value to students.


R. G. Thwaites and L. P. Kellogg (editors), 1774Documentary History of Dunmore's War, 1774. Compiled from the Draper Manuscripts in the library of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Madison, 1905. A collection of interesting and valuable documents with a suggestive introduction.
R. G. Thwaites, 1902Daniel Boone. New York, 1902. A short and accurate narrative of Boone's life and adventures compiled from the Draper Manuscripts and from earlier printed biographies.
John P. Hale, UndatedDaniel Boone, Some Facts and Incidents not Hitherto Published. A pamphlet giving an account of Boone in West Virginia. Printed at Wheeling, West Virginia. Undated.
Timothy Flint, 1854The First White Man of the West or the Life and Exploits of Colonel Dan'l Boone. Cincinnati, 1854. Valuable only as regards Boone's later years.
John S. C. Abbott, 1872Daniel Boone, the Pioneer of Kentucky. New York, 1872. Fairly accurate throughout.
J. M. Peck, 1847Daniel Boone (in Sparks, Library of American Biography. Boston, 1847).
William Henry Bogart. 1856Daniel Boone and the Hunters of Kentucky. New York, 1856.
William Hayden English, 1896Conquest of the Country Northwest of the River Ohio, 1778-1783, and Life of General George Rogers Clark, 2 vols. Indianapolis, 1896. An accurate and valuable work for which the author has made painstaking research among printed and un- printed documents. Contains Clark's own account of his campaigns, letters he wrote on public and personal matters, and also letters from contemporaries in defense of his reputation.
Theodore Roosevelt, 1889-1896The Winning of the West, 4 vols. New York, 1889-1896. A vigorous and spirited narrative.


J. G. M. Ramsey, 1853The Annals of Tennessee. Charleston, 1853. John Haywood, The Civil and Political History of the State of Tennessee. Nashville, 1891. (Reprint from 1828.) These works, with the North Carolina Colonial Records, are the source books of early Tennessee. In statistics, such as numbers of Indians and other foes defeated by Tennessee heroes, not reliable. Incorrect as to causes of Indian wars during the Revolution. On this subject see letters and reports by John and Henry Stuart in North Carolina Colonial Records, vol. x; and letters by General Gage and letters and proclamation by General Ethan Allen in American Archives, Fourth Series, vol. n, and by President Rutledge of South Carolina in North Carolina Colonial Records, vol. x. See also Justin Winsor, The Westward Movement.
J. Allison, 1897Dropped Stitches in Tennessee History. Nashville, 1897. Contains interesting matter relative to Andrew Jackson in his younger days as well as about other striking figures of the time.
F. M. Turner, 1910The Life of General John Sevier. New York, 1910. A fairly accurate narrative of events in which Sevier participated, compiled from the Draper Manuscripts.
A. W. Putnam, 1859History of Middle Tennessee, or Life and Times of General James Robertson. Nashville, 1859. A rambling lengthy narrative containing some interesting material and much that is unreliable. Its worst fault is distortion through sentimentality, and indulgence in the habit of putting the author's rodomontades into the mouths of Robertson and other characters.
J. S. Bassett,1894 Regulators of North Carolina, in Report of the American Historical Association, 1894.
L. C. Draper, 1881King's Mountain and its Heroes. Cincinnati, 1881. The source book on this event. Contains interesting biographical material about the men engaged in the battle.