Daniel Boone, Master of the Wilderness

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Public War, Private Treaty

LORD DUNMORE'S WAR with the Indians was already raging by the time Boone got back, bringing news of the surveyors and also news that on the return journey he had tracked a small party of Indians from Cumberland Gap eastward almost to the settlements. Commissioned lieutenant, Boone was directed to raise as many men as he could and start for the front. He had actually set out to join the main body of the colonial troops when a messenger overtook him with orders to return and aid in the defense of the frontier, where a series of small but bloody raids was spreading terror.

A brief memorandum by a supply officer—"Sept. 22d, Lieut. Boone, fourteen men, four days, three pounds of beef per day" —suggests a scouting party. Orders were to reserve beef rations for scouts and parties pursuing Indians.

He was in a few small engagements and was speedily promoted captain on petition of his neighbors. The settlers insisted on having a commander whose home was in the locality. Then, they thought, he would be sure to stand his ground and keep the Indians out. Promotion gave him command of three forts. His commander reported that "Mr. Boone is very diligent at Castle's woods and keeps up good order."

At this very moment Tahgahjute (Chief Logan) was leading a war party into the Clinch Valley, not far from Boone's command at Moore's Fort, close to his home. In spite of his vig


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