1939

John Bakeless, DANIEL BOONE (New York: W. Morrow & Co., 1939)

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"If Boone had not acted as he did, Blackfish's war party would probably have captured Boonesborough and scalped the very men who later held the court-martial, besides surprising and killing both the salt-makers and the relief party which was just leaving Boonesborough. As a result of Boone's adroitness, no salt-makers were killed, and the relief party was able to get back to shelter. Thanks wholly to him Boonesborough was attacked, not when it was weak, but months later when it had plenty of warning, was in good repair, and -- as the event proved -- well able to stand a seige. There is no doubt that Boone had discussed joining the British with Hamilton; and poor Chief Blackfish had apparently lent too credulous an ear to the guileful Daniel. That Boone ever really contemplated treason is a ridiculous idea, disproved by all his years of faithful service. That he worked a legitimate ruse of war for all it was worth is likely enough. But traitors do not carry warning." (BAKELESS:235)

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