Draper Manuscripts: Daniel Boone Papers, 1760-1911, Series CC, Wisconsin Historical Society (Madison, Wisconsin)

Long Siege John Shane interview of John Gass, son of David Gass, ca. 1843-49, 5: <Boon said, the summer he was with the indians he dould hear from Boonesborough every week. They got within 10 feet of the fort wall when a great rain came, and washed it all in. Their threats -- they could hear them said "they would blow them all to hell that night, may be so." This made them in the fort fear there was some mischief brewing. They began to suspect, from the Canadians that were along, that they might be attempting to mine under the fort. They ran a ditch, 10 feet deep, on the inside of the fort. The miners had come so near, they could hear from this ditch inside of the fort, the sound of the strokes of whatever they were digging with. There was a heap of flax, that had been stacked out on the outside of the fort. The indians had taken that flax, and of scaley bark hickory, and wrapped them together, round poles, rails, &c. and it was generally believed it was their intention, when they had gotten near to the fort, to break a hole through the ground, and to set them poles and rails up against the bottom of the fort, & so to set the fort on fire, instead of flowing it up. The fort always remained in the place where it was 1st put. Was enlarged, but not built in another place. When besieged, they shot into it off both hills.> 11CC12-14

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