The Winning of the West - Vol. 3

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CHAPTER III
KENTUCKY UNTIL THE END OF THE REVOLUTION, 1782-1783

S EVENTEEN hundred and eighty-two proved to be Kentucky's year of blood. The British at Detroit had strained every nerve to drag into the war the entire Indian population of the northwest. They had finally succeeded in arousing even the most distant tribes -- not to speak of the twelve thousand savages immediately tributary to Detroit.1 So lavish had been the expenditure of money and presents to secure the good-will of the savages and enlist their active services against the Americans, that it had caused serious complaint at headquarters.2

Early in the spring the Indians renewed their forays; horses were stolen, cabins burned, and women and children carried off captive. The people were confined closely to their stockaded forts, from which small bands of riflemen sallied to patrol the coun-

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1
Haldimand MSS. Census for 1782, 11,402.
2
Do. Haldimand to De Peyster, April 10, October 6, 1781.

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