Moses Van Campen

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

Moses Van Campen (1757-1849) was a Revolutionary War soldier.


  • My good fellows we shall soon have sport--there are but five of them...we'll have something more to do--there are ten of them...we shall now, my brave fellows, have enough of it, for we are nearly equally manned.
  • I had no orders, sir, to kill my own men.

Quotes about Moses Van Campen[edit]

  • Danger, was to him, little else than a name.
    • John Niles Hubbard [1] p. 139
  • 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
  • Moses Van Campen's hatred for the Indians did not soften until the vespertine shadows gathered about him and his long life entered its final stage.
  • Believing that the only good Indian was a dead Indian, Van Campen was dedicated to an effort to effect the extinction of the race. He fought Indians. He killed a quantity of them. He strung their dried scalps on the waistband of his breaches, even as the savages themselves displayed such grisly tokens as symbols of their prowess.