This Week on Dispatches: Andrew Zellers-Frederick on the Military Occupation of Easton


April 18, 2020
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On this week’s Dispatches host Brady Crytzer interviews historian and JAR contributor Andrew Zellers-Frederick on the 0ccupation of Easton, Pennsylvania, by Continental forces gathering for the 1779 invasion of Iroquois territory in New York in order to quell Indian and Tory attacks along the New York and Pennsylvania frontiers.

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  • In Andrew Zellers-Frederick fascinating account, I believe he referred to Easton as the county seat of “Northwest Pennsylvania” twice. My question is this: Was his geography mistaken or was the reference to the geography of Pennsylvania at the time?

    1. Northwestern PA….must have been a misstatement, Easton was the County Seat via a Penn Grant of Northampton County formed in 1752…. in Northeastern Pennsylvania

      At that time the County extended North to the NY border, West to the Lehigh River, East to the Delaware River, and South to include parts of Northern Bucks County; [known as the Durham Tract].

      Brian Monahan, Easton, PA

  • If I said Northwestern Pennsylvania I meant Northeastern. At the time Northampton County, of which Easton was the county seat, comprised the counties that today comprise Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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