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
whose Valiant Services contributed so largely
to the success of the Continental Armies,
and resulting independence of
and who later, armed with that
the Axe, opened our
dark and silent forests for the
LIGHT OF CIVILIZATION,
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.