Celebrating the life and legacy of one of America's

bravest border men, valiant veterans of the Revolution, and distinguished pioneers.

John Stearns Minard's dedication from the 1893 edition of Sketches of Border Adventures in the Life and Times of Major Moses Van Campen captures the spirit and intent of "Moses Van Campen ... In Tribute."

TO THE MEMORY OF

THE BORDER MEN

OF THE

AMERICAN REVOLUTION,

whose Valiant Services contributed so largely

to the success of the Continental Armies,

and resulting independence of

OUR COUNTRY;

and who later, armed with that

“Wondrous Instrument,"

the Axe, opened our

dark and silent forests for the

LIGHT OF CIVILIZATION,

and the

GLORIOUS ARTS OF PEACE.

This story of the strangely eventful life of one of the

bravest of their number, and sketch of one of the

MOST DISTINGUISHED OF PIONEERS,

is respectfully inscribed.

Fillmore, NY, March 6, 1893. J. S. M.

 
          

 

 

“His Christianity was pure,
his views of religion sound
and scriptural, and his fidelity
and integrity of character
were like his own well aimed rifle,
true to the mark.”

 

– Rev. Thomas Aitken

Obituary of Moses Van Campen

"I was nurtured in the school of the rifle and the tomahawk."

 

- Moses Van Campen

“The notes of war are hushed,
The rage of battle o’er,
The warrior is at rest,
He hears our praise no more.
The soldier nobly fought
For all we dearly love,
He fought to gain a heavenly crown,
And now he reigns above.”

 

- Rev. Thomas Aitken
Inscription, Moses Van Campen's tombstone