Daniel Boone, Master of the Wilderness

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Blackfish Lays Siege

BLACKFISH and his Shawnee warriors had actually started on the warpath while Boone's band was hovering near their villages. But in spite of the pitched battle that had been fought, the Shawnees seem to have had no idea that the white raiders were still out. Neither do they seem to have hurried to reach Boonesborough before the white men could get back. Moluntha, "the Shawnee King," certainly knew that Boone's party had been in the Ohio country, because a day or two later he told Boone so.

The Indians were a large body of warriors and large bodies of troops always travel slowly. They crossed the Ohio near Cabin Creek in the vicinity of modern Maysville, went on to the Upper Blue Licks, and then followed the old buffalo trace towards Boonesborough. On September 5 Boone and his men slipped past them in the woods at the Lower Blue Licks and reached the fort at Boonesborough without being molested, bringing full information. One man's feet gave out and he lingered a day in the woods with one companion, returning safely the next night.

Knowing that the enemy would arrive at once, Boonesborough spent its last night of peace in final preparations, cleaning and repairing rifles, molding and trimming bullets—slow business, since the molds made only one or two at a time—and filling all available vessels with water.


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