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Mother Bedford and the American Revolution

Being A History Of The Blair County Chapter & The Somerset (Cambria Chapter Of The Sons Of The American Revolution and A View Of Bedford County In The American Revolutionary War

A new book will soon be published by the Closson Press on the subject of the American Revolutionary War and, in particular, Bedford County's involvement in that conflict. Bedford County was the "mother" of present day Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset Counties. This book has a threefold purpose. The first is to provide a history of the Blair County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The Blair County Chapter encompasses the region that includes Bedford, Blair, Fulton and Huntingdon Counties, Pennsylvania. In addition to the general history of the chapter, all members of the Blair County Chapter, past and present, are listed with genealogical information tracing their lineage back to all their proven Patriot ancestors. The second purpose is to provide a history of the Somerset Cambria Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. As its name implies, the Somerset Cambria Chapter encompasses the region that includes those two counties. As in the case of the section regarding the Blair County Chapter, this section will include a general history of the chapter along with information on its members, past and present. This book will be of value to anyone with ancestors from this region, who might be interested in joining the Sons of the American Revolution or Daughters of the American Revolution. The book contains the most extensive listing ever published of the Patriots buried in the six county region, along with fully footnoted references to each of those Patriots’ war service. Also included are references to the Hessians buried within the region. Written by Larry D. Smith, who serves as the Historian for the Blair County Chapter and who has spent a number of years researching the subject of the American Revolutionary War, the third purpose of the volume is to provide the most complete and accurate history, to date, of Bedford County's participation and role in the American Revolutionary War.

The following items are included in the section titled A View Of Bedford County, Pennsylvania During the American Revolutionary War:

  • Complete rosters of the various companies of Militia raised within Bedford County, including those which were raised in 1775/76 and later became part of the Continental Line.
  • A brief history of the establishment of the Militia and the Continental Line.
  • An explanation of the Battalion/Company numbering scheme used in the Bedford County Militia.
  • The most complete listing ever published of the Patriots who were buried in this six county region, along with fully footnoted references to their war service. Also included are references to the Hessians buried within the region.
  • Information on the forts and fortified private structures in this six county region.
  • A narrative of the 1778 Tory Expedition to Kittanning.
  • A narrative of the 1780 Massacre of Captain Philips' Rangers in the Woodcock Valley.
  • A narrative of the 1781 Engagement of Frankstown (including evidence of possible British involvement in that event.
  • A narrative of the Indian incursions into the Stonycreek Glades.
  • Transcripts of practically all available documents pertaining to Bedford County's involvement in the American Revolutionary War. (317 documents) The 658-page footnoted text is augmented by 49 photographs of sites of Revolutionary War activity in the region. A subject index includes 238 entries and an everyname index includes 9,398 entries.

Available now from Closson Press. Send $65.00 + $5.00 shipping/handling (PA residents please add 6% sales tax) to: Closson Press, 1935 Sampson Drive, Apollo, PA 15613-9208 (e-mail: rclosson@nb.net rclosson@nb.net or visit their website at www.clossonpress.com.

NOTE: Special Price for Historical Societies, Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution members until Sept 1, 1999 - $55.00 + $5.00 shipping/handling (PA residents please add 6% sales tax). Please note the Society of which you are a member when ordering to receive this special pricing offer.

 

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