Zebulon Butler and the Wyoming Valley : the post-Revolutionary years, 1782-1795


Zebulon Butler's life was distinctly marked by participation in some of the most stirring events in the history of our country, and specifically in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania. He actively participated as an officer in the French and Indian War and served as a regimental commander during the Revolutionary War. In the latter struggle, he had the misfortune of being the Patriot leader during the Battle of Wyoming (frequently referred to as the Wyoming Massacre). Following the Revolutionary War, Zebulon provided leadership and stability to the Wyoming settlement until his death in 1795. Butler's pre-Revolutionary and Revolutionary War years have been the subjects of Master's theses at the University of Scranton (William E. Price, 1966, and Robert T. Bond, 1972). Butler's post-Revolutionary years, spent in the Wyoming Valley, were distinguished by his stabilizing influence on a community divided by land disputes and conflicting loyalties to Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Zebulon' s voice was one of moderation; his demeanor was modest; and his accomplishments were substantial. Thus, an examination of his post-Revolutionary years is an appropriate subject for a Master's thesis. After a brief discussion of Zebulon' s background, this thesis will describe his activities in the Wyoming Valley from 1782 to 1795 against the backdrop of civil war, land speculation, and political intrigue

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