The Wilderness Road
BOONE'S men were assembled and ready to start when he arrived at "the Long Island" in the Holston River. There were thirty of them, all armed and mounted. There were his brother Squire Boone and his friends Stoner and Cutbirth. There was his old neighbor Richard Callaway. A certain Captain William Twitty had brought seven North Carolinians.
Though all were armed as a matter of course, they do not seem to have anticipated any more Indian trouble. Boone had just come from the signing of a friendly agreement and had left whites and Indians preparing to feast together. Their rifles were mainly to provide food. At the start, no one seems to have taken precautions of any kind against Indian attack.
On the tenth of March, 1775, axes began to ring. Daniel Boone and his men had started the Wilderness Road. They were all in high spirits. On the very first day they killed a bear and "had a fine supper," always a great help to the morale of any expedition. As Felix Walker, one of Twitty's men, later put it, with the immense satisfaction in rhetorical flourishes typical of the pioneer on those rare occasions when he took his pen in hand: "Every heart abounded with joy and excitement in anticipating the new things we should see, and the romantic scenes through which we must pass; and, exclusive of the novelty of the journey, the advantages and accumulations ensuing