Daniel Boone, Master of the Wilderness

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15.

The Year of Blood:
SIEGE OF BRYAN'S STATION

SEVENTEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-TWO has been called Kentucky's "year of blood." One blow after another fell, now here, now there, until the more timid settlers again packed up for departure and Daniel Boone himself was on the verge of despair. Prisoners, escaping from the Indian camps in the early spring, brought word that trouble was brewing. Even before they began to arrive, it had been predicted "that a very formidable army of English and Indians would come Quickly," and "that every Preparation was making for that purpose."

The British and Indians had been making vigorous preparations at Detroit all winter, and each side was now keeping a close eye on the other. All through the early spring hostile scouts had been watching the Kentucky settlements. In August the British commander at Detroit sent in an intelligence report: "Mr. McKee informs me that the people of Kentuck are night and day employed in moving their Families and Effects to a large Settlement called Bryant's Station, where they hope to remain in security." Another reconnoissance had confirmed the report. At the same time, Caldwell had gone down to the Ohio and was there awaiting still further reports on the Americans.

The Indians had been infuriated by the Americans' cold‐ blooded massacre of ninety-six unarmed and unresisting Christian Indians at the Moravian Settlement of Gnadenhütten, news

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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
  • About the Author *
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