Fort Harrison 
Daniel Harrison House, circa 1749

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Stories for children based on real events

     The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds

       Edward Van Alstyne is only ten years old when he must defend his mother and little sister from raiding Indians. His father is away with the militia. The only weapon in the house is an old Spanish matchlock gun. This is a true story of a Dutch family living in the colony of New York
near Albany in the early years of the French and Indian War.

​       Indian Captive - The Story of Mary Jemison
             By Lois Lenski 
​      Based on the true story of twelve year old Mary Jemison who was taken captive by Indians in the spring of 1758. After losing contact with the other members of her family, Mary began a journey from her home in eastern Pennsylvania to southern Ohio and on to western New York. Her life among the Senecas was not easy, but she endured and gradually learned to make a life for herself among the Indians. 

    Books about the Harrison family:

      Settlers By the Long Grey Trail -  Some Pioneers to Old Augusta County,Virginia,and Their Descendants, of the Family of Harrison and Allied Lines
     by J. Houston Harrison
    The House of Cravens
         by Ruth Mc Conathy

     Supplement to The House of Cravens
         by Ruth McConathy
Local History of the French and Indian War

  Fort Loudoun - Washington's Fort in Virginia
         by Norman L. Baker

​  The French and Indian War in Shenandoah County - Life on the Inner Frontier 
         by R. Patrick Murphy

​   Athawominee - The Great Warrior's Path
         by Lawrence J. Fleenor, Jr.

   A Short History of Page County
         by Harry M. Strickler

French and Indian War - General History

    The War That Made America 
       by Fred Anderson

     The Scratch of a Pen - 1763 and the Transformation of North America
        by Colin G. Calloway

Primary Sources:

    Notes on the Settlement and Indian Wars of the Western Parts of Virginia and Pennsylvania from 1763 to 1783, Inclusive
      by Joseph Doddridge

     Books for Young People:

    Struggle for a Continent - The French and Indian Wars 1689-1763    
       by Betsy and Guilo Maestro

    From Colonies to Country by Joy Hakim

    The Wilderness Road, 1775  
        by Laura Purdie Salas

    The Winter People by Joseph Bruchac

    When Did George Washington Fight His First
Military Battle?
         by Francesca Davis DiPiazza

    The French and Indian War
         by Benton and Louise Minks

Related Sources:

      The Frontier Rifleman - His Arms,Clothing and Equipment During the Era of the American Revolution, 1760-1800
       by Richard B. Lacrosse, Jr.

      Daniel Boone and the Opening of the Ohio Country
       by Seamus Cavan