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The conditions in southwestern Pennsylvania during the 1770s through the 1990s were simply as follows The United States had just been born Indian attacks such as the attack on Massy White and her children and the Russ massacre were common in western Pennsylvania Local battles had been going on with the Indians with no support from the eastern peoples who also were busy with the British until the late 1770s and then had a government to put together The ScottsIrish background of many of the settlers may have led to their apparent lack of respect for authority The Washington County Militia was involved in the massacre at Gnadenhutten and the burning of Schoenbrunn in March of 1782 The last official battle of the American Revolution didnt occur until September 13 1782 This conflict pitted a company of British Rangers and 238 Indians against six settlers near the Dutch Fork region in Washington County PA The fact that the British and Indians withdrew is an example of the independent nature and fighting ability of the settlers of the area Another skirmish the next day apparently involved only Indians and settlers with no British troops seen While the country we know as the United States of America existed on paper citizens of all states considered themselves part of their state first and associated with their country second When roll was called in the Continental Congress the question was always whether the state was at hand not whether a particular person was present State rights was considered a natural right by most and people hesitated to surrender their state rights to a union of states because of the danger of giving the control of the purse and sword to the single group Basically it took a long while for the states to accept the fact that they were not separate countries The eastern peoples were quicker to accept the ideas of states subservient to the country than the
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