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Drums along the Mohawk by Walter D. Edmonds

Drums along the Mohawk (1936)

by Walter D. Edmonds

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Drums along the Mohawk, Walter D. Edmonds' masterpiece, is not only the best historical novel about upstate New York since James Fenimore Cooper, it was also number one on the bestseller list for two years, only yielding to the epic Gone with the Wind. This is the story of the forgotten pioneers of the Mohawk Valley during the Revolutionary War. Here Gilbert Martin and his young wife struggled and lived and hoped. Combating hardships almost too great to endure, they helped give to America a legend that still stirs the heart. In the midst of love and hate, life and death, danger and disaster, they stuck to the acres that were theirs and fought a war without ever quite understanding it. Drums along the Mohawk has been an American classic since its original publication in 1936.… (more)



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Great historical fiction. ( )
  hmskip | Dec 11, 2017 |
a ok book ( )
  KimSalyers | Oct 8, 2016 |
a ok book ( )
  KimSalyers | Oct 2, 2016 |
An account of a well-known time in a little-known area: the Mohawk valley near Schenectady during the Revolutionary War. Balancing acts of war and wilderness, Edmonds successfully re-creates conditions and incredible feats of human determination. You will be surprised that many of the exploits narrated in the book actually happened. An enjoyable introduction by Gabaldon and a forward by the author complement the story well. ( )
  Meghanista | May 31, 2015 |
Nearly 80 years old, this classic is still enjoyable. I didn't feel it was dated but fot the heavy dialect of the black servant and the Tonto-like laconic talk of the Indian scout, Blue Back. It's the story of a farmer and his wife and their community in the Mohawk Valley in upstate New York in the 18th century. We experience the hardscrabble life of these characters and a feel for the American Revolution as fought in this area, along with Indian attacks and destruction. Very readable, I read it in a short time. The main characters and their friends were well-rounded, but any "famous names", e.g., Benedict Arnold before his defection were just that--names. Nicholas Herkimer did come alive though. Mrs. McKlennar, the feisty old woman who befriends Gil and Lana after their farm is burned down, is unforgettable. The New York Times called her an "Amazon." This novel is a "must-read" for anyone wanting to get more of an understanding of the American Revolution, especially in Upper New York State, considered the frontier at that time. Very good portrayals of Oriskany, the Cherry Valley Massacre, Andrustown. ( )
  janerawoof | Jan 17, 2015 |
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To my son and daughter and to the descendants in their generation of these men and women of the Mohawk Valley.
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It was the second day of their journey to their first home. Lana, in the cart, looked back to see how her husband was making out with the cow. He had bought it from the Domine for a wedding present to her.
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