Charles Yaple’s Jacob’s Land: Revolutionary War Soldiers, Schemers, Scoundrels and the Settling of New York’s Frontier is a archival based account of life on the New York frontier before, during, and after the American Revolutionary War.
The book is a family narrative, that follows the experiences of a German immigrant family, Indian Leader Joseph Brant, and George Washington’s Surveyor General, Simeon DeWitt.
The books spans the history of French and Indian War, the Burgoyne Campaign and Battles of Saratoga and Monmouth, the Clinton Campaign of 1779, Native Indian trails west, the early history of Ithaca, and more.
Author Charles Yaple is a sixth generation grandson of Jacob Yaple, featured in the book, who was raised near Ithaca, NY. Yaple is Professor Emeritus of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies at State University of New York College at Cortland where, after forty-one years, he continues to teach environmental and outdoor education courses. He is also Director of the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors and was for many years the editor of Taproot: a journal of outdoor education. Charles was also the co-founder, first Board president and long-time director of the Lime Hollow Center for Environment & Culture in Cortland, New York.
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