Orig. pub. New York 1860. Reprinted 1976. Print on Demand Edition 2009. 234 pp. Item #23
Gen. Sam Dale was a soldier, frontiersman, backwoods politician, and adventurer. Born in Virginia, Dale was active on the frontier as it moved westward through Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. Based on personal interviews, the book describes his frontier adventures, his fights with Indians during the Creek Wars, his character and achievements, and relates the frontier and its customs in the style of the time in which he lived. Dale commanded a battalion of Kentucky volunteers against the Creeks in 1814 and carried dispatches for General Andrew Jackson from Georgia to New Orleans. After the war, he became a trader at Dale's Ferry in Alabama, was appointed colonel of militia, held various local offices, and was a delegate to the 1816 convention that divided the territory of Mississippi. He was a member of the first general assembly of Alabama and served in the state legislatures of both Alabama and Mississippi.