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Colonial Series



MARCHING ON NIAGARA

OR

THE SOLDIER BOYS OF THE OLD FRONTIER


BY


EDWARD STRATEMEYER

Author of "American Boys' Life of William McKinley," "Lost on
the Orinoco
," "On to Pekin," "Between Boer and Briton,"
"Old Glory Series," "Ship and Shore Series,"
"Bound to Succeed Series," etc.


ILLUSTRATED BY A. B. SHUTE


BOSTON:

LOTHROP, LEE & SHEPARD CO.

Copyright, 1902, by Lee and Shepard
Published August, 1902
All rights reserved
Marching on Niagara


Norwood Press
J. S. Cushing & Co. Berwick & Smith
Norwood, Mass. U. S. A.

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After him tumbled a wild cat.—Page 160.

PREFACE


"Marching on Niagara" is a complete story in itself, but forms the second of several volumes to be known by the general title of "Colonial Series."

In the first volume of this series, entitled "With Washington in the West," we followed the fortunes of David Morris, the son of a hardy pioneer, who first settled at Will's Creek (now the town of Cumberland, Virginia), and later on established a trading post on one of the tributaries of the Ohio River. This was just previous to the breaking out of war between France and England, and when the French and English settlers in America, especially in those localities where trading with the Indians was profitable, were bitter foes. David becomes well acquainted with Washington while the latter is a surveyor, and when Braddock arrives in America and marches against Fort Duquesne the young pioneer shoulders a musket and joins the Virginia Rangers under Major Washington, to march forth and take part in Braddock's bitter defeat and Washington's masterly effort to save the remnant of the army from total annihilation.

The defeat of the British forces left this section of the English colonies at the mercy of both the French and their savage Indian allies, and for two years, despite all that Washington and other colonial leaders could do, every isolated cabin and every small settlement west of Winchester was in constant danger, and numerous raids were made, savage and brutal in the extreme, and these were kept up until the arrival of General Forbes, who, aided by Washington and others, finally compelled the French to abandon Fort Duquesne, and thus restored peace and order to a frontier covering a distance of several hundred miles.

Following General Forbes's success at Fort Duquesne (now the enterprising city of Pittsburg), came English successes in other quarters, not the least of which was the capture of Fort Niagara, standing on the east bank of the Niagara River, where that stream flows into Lake Ontario. This fort was of vast importance to the French, for it guarded the way through the lakes and down the mighty Mississippi to their Louisiana territory. In the expedition against Fort Niagara both David and Henry Morris take an active part, and as brave young soldiers endeavor to do their duty fully and fearlessly.

In the preparation of the historical portions of this work the author has endeavored to be as accurate as possible. This has been no easy task, for upon many points American, English, and French historians have differed greatly in their statements. However, it is hoped that the tale is at least as accurate as the average history, giving as it does statements from all sides.

Again thanking the many readers who have taken such an interest in my previous works, I place this volume in their hands, trusting they will find it not only entertaining but likewise full of instruction and inspiration.

Edward Stratemeyer.

Independence Day, 1902.

ILLUSTRATIONS


After him tumbled a wildcat (Page 160) Frontispiece
PAGE
They could see the cabin, which still blazed 38
The warrior with the torch held the light aloft 88
"White Buffalo, my brother, has done well to bring this message so quickly." 109
He took a quick but careful aim at the leader 168
He leaped forward once again, straight for Dave 199
"Bail her out," roared the lieutenant 237
He swung his clubbed musket at the French soldier's head 276


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.


The author died in 1930, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.