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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The Price Of Freedom In The Mohawk Valley.

Gloomy indeed was the prospect at this time in the Mohawk valley. Desolation and destitution were on every side...Some idea of the lamentable condition of other communities in Tryon county may be obtained from a statement addressed to the Legislature, December 20, 1780, by the supervisors of the county. In that document it was estimated that seven hundred buildings had been burned in the county; six hundred and thirteen persons had deserted to the enemy; three hundred and fifty-four families had abandoned their dwellings; one hundred and ninety-seven lives had been lost; one hundred and twenty-one persons had been carried into captivity, and twelve thousand farms lay uncultivated by reason of the enemy.

Beers History of Montgomery and Fulton Counties, New York. 1878. Page 55.


  • And we thought we had it bad with the flooding. Very interesting post!

    By Blogger threecollie, at 6:29 AM  

  • I was thinking the same thing. The figures given in the post were not the final tally. Things were bad up until the end of the war. As always, I recommend reading Walter Edmonds' Drums Along The Mohawk, for a historically accurate and vivid account of the Revolution in the Mohawk Valley, even though it is fiction. It does a good job at portraying just how bleak things were here during that time.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 8:10 AM  

  • Interesting indeed. Is the Beers book still available?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:53 AM  

  • It is one of my favorite books. I first read it when I was in junior high school. Ralph's mom actually knew Edmonds.

    By Blogger threecollie, at 1:19 PM  

  • The Beers book is still available at The Montgomery County Archives in Fonda. Hopefully, they weren't destroyed by the flood. The copies that the archives have are reprints. I think they sell them for $25 each.

    I read Drums Along The Mohawk, Rome Haul and Erie Water in High School. I was living in Maine at the time. I can't remember how or why I got interested in Edmonds, but my interest in the Mohawk Valley dates from reading his books.

    Threecollie, does Ralph's mother have any interesting stories about Edmonds?

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 9:50 PM  

  • Unfortunately she passed away a few years ago, but she worked in a little restaurant in Boonville when she was a girl. He had a summer home in the area and came in virtually every day to order strawberry shortcake. She said he was very down to earth and pleasantly polite to the staff and she liked him.

    By Blogger threecollie, at 9:48 AM  

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