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Friday, January 10, 2014

1675: Washington vs. Susquehannocks

Never in a giga-bazillion years did I think I would be reading about Col. John Washington - George Washington's great-grandfather  - and his role in fighting the Susquehannocks.
This latest book about Pennsylvania's history is providing a "WOW" moment every few pages. And, although I'm not quite there yet as his name just surfaced, it appears that Col. John Washington may have fought side-by-side with an ancestor of none other than Robert E. Lee.
More on that down the road.
Sprinkled within the journals are several ( so far ) descriptions of the Susquehanna River in the 1600's. The one that popped up several times depicts the Susquehanna as being "crystal clear" or something like that. From prior posts, you may remember the same being said of the Susquehanna - a full century later - as written in the journals of soldiers in the Sullivan Expedition against the Iroquois in 1779. "Clear to a depth of six fathoms...",  I believe was the description of the Susquehanna in the Wyoming Valley. 
Anywhoo..., I'm thankful it's Friday and I'm looking forward to another action-packed weekend.
BTW - if I'm following the storyline correctly so far, it appears Col. John Washington got in a little trouble for slaughtering five or six prominent Susquehannock leaders in ~1675.
More in a few.

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