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When Fate Summons

A Biography of General Richard Butler, 1743-1791

Harry Ward (author)

ISBN: 9781936320851

Publication Date: Aug 2014

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

This monograph is the first new study of a pivotal character in colonial, revolutionary and federal relations with the Amerindian tribes of western Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and the old Northwest. Butler, an Irish born merchant, trader and soldier on the uneasy borderlands of European settlement and tribal territory, made his way to influence via a keen linguistic ability, strong sympathies for native peoples (prior to the revolution) and an instinctual military ability.
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This monograph is the first new study of a pivotal character in colonial, revolutionary and federal relations with the Amerindian tribes of western Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and the old Northwest. Butler, an Irish born merchant, trader and soldier on the uneasy borderlands of European settlement and tribal territory, made his way to influence via a keen linguistic ability, strong sympathies for native peoples (prior to the revolution) and an instinctual military ability that brought him a colonel-ship in the Revolution and a major general ship in the tiny new federal army that confronted renewed hostilities during the Confederation and Federal period.

Professor Ward skilfully tells Butler's story and summons current research that investigates the beginning of ''surrender and re-grant'' politics towards tribal leaders and attempts to destroy patriot forces and chiefs (such as Tecumseh) by leaders of the early republic. Ward's research includes the major Indian treaties undertaken by the US Government up to 1792 and these are included in the volume Ward also discusses land politics when it comes to American settlement and the efforts made to create a successful Indian commission under Washington's first administration.

Finally, Ward discusses Butler's death in battle along with the defeat of St. Clair’s expedition and the rise of ''Mad'' Anthony Wayne and a policy of extermination to all resisters.
Illustrations 12 black and white photographs, maps
Pages 264
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Aug 2014
Publisher Academica Press
Subject/s History of the Americas   Colonialism & imperialism  
William Binford Vest Professor of History, University of Richmond, USA. Author of The American Revolution: Nationhood Achieved 1763 – 1788, St. Martins Press, 1995 (CHOICE Outstanding Book of the Year) and The War for Independence and the Transformation of American Society, University of London Press/Routledge, 1999 as well as ''Going Down Hill": Legacies of the American Revolutionary War, Academica Press, 2009

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