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THAT DARK AND BLOODY RIVER:
Chronicles of the Ohio River Valley Allan W. Eckert. Bantam, $27.95 (864p) ISBN 0-553-09448-3
The Ohio River, a principal route for pioneers pushing westward along its 981-mile course from Pennsylvania through Kentucky and Indiana to Illinois, was the scene of fierce battles among warring Indian tribes--Shawnee, Miami, Cherokee, Iroquois, etc.--and between Native Americans and white settlers. Tapping journals, letters, diaries and government memoranda from 1768 to 1799, and fleshing out his panoramic chronicle with reconstructed dialogue adapted from primary sources, …