Daniel Boone, Master of the Wilderness

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16.

The Year of Blood:
DEATH AT THE BLUE LICKS

NEXT day Daniel Boone led in the men from Boonesborough, and other contingents came in from Lexington and Harrodsburg. Scouts out looking for Indian "sign" had seen enough to show that the enemy had retreated from Bryan's Station, northward along the buffalo trace. Nowhere in the woods was there sign to indicate that any of the savage warriors had lingered behind.

There was a bustle of hurried preparation in the fort all morning. A council of war debated whether to pursue the Indians at once, with such force as they had; or to wait until Colonel Benjamin Logan could come up with four or five hundred men from the southern settlements, when they would be in overwhelming force. Major Hugh McGary of the Lincoln County militia was for waiting, but he was ridiculed as timid. Colonel Todd pooh-poohed his advice. One lost day would enable the Indians to get across the Ohio into safety. John Craig, who had been in command during the siege, insisted they now had enough men to catch and defeat the Indians. It looked as if Craig ought to know. Todd thought the Indians' numbers were exaggerated—and anyhow, "the more the merrier."

At noon they marched, the men of Bryan's Station, Lexington, Harrodsburg, and Boonesborough—well under two hundred in all, but confident that Logan would be coming up with

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  • Daniel Boone *
  • Contents *
  • Illustrations *
  • Introduction to the Bison Book Edition *
  • Introduction *
  • 1 - The Boones of Pennsylvania 3
  • 2 - To the Yadkin Valley 15
  • 3 - Goodbye to the World 44
  • 4 - First Attempt at Settlement 66
  • 5 - Public War, Private Treaty 81
  • 6 - The Wilderness Road 89
  • 7 - Life at Boonesborough 110
  • 8 - Three Kidnapped Daughters 124
  • 9 - Year of the Three Sevens 141
  • 10 - Prisoner of the Shawnee King 156
  • 11 - Sheltowee, the Ingrate 178
  • 12 - Blackfish Lays Siege 195
  • 13 - Treasons or Stratagems? 229
  • 14 - Red-Skinned Raiders 239
  • 15 - The Year of Blood: Siege of Bryan's Station 263
  • 16 - The Year of Blood: Death at the Blue Licks 288
  • 17 - The Thirteen Fires 310
  • 18 - Land Trouble 340
  • 19 - Elbow-Room 351
  • 20 - Last Frontier 384
  • Acknowledgments 419
  • Bibliographical Essay 425
  • Notes 435
  • Index 469
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