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Official Endorsed Legacy Project Indiana Bicentennial

This is the “lost novel” of one of Indiana’s great historians of an earlier age. Emsley Johnson, Sr. an Indianapolis attorney, spent his adult life researching the Indiana frontier, which his parents had known from personal experience, as they had grown up as “log cabin kids.”

Using his vast library of Indiana histories and lore from his own family tradition, he created a novel rich in details of pioneer life, details not available anywhere else. Rediscovered by the Society of Indiana Pioneers and edited in the present day by historian Nancy Niblack Baxter, this book is the rich, satisfying story of the life of a family from the Battle of Tippecanoe through the Civil War.