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

Clark Campaign 80
John D. Shane interview with William Clinkinbeard, ca: 1843-49, 1: <There were orders for every man to go. When we got there, mouth of Licking, we got just 6 quarts of corn. Must parch, pound, bake, or do as we pleased with it, but that was what we were to get. Some old man, that couldn't eat it parched, dut down sapling to get the squard stump to make a hominy block of. They then spread their blankets over the stump and pounded their corn on it. We could have botten Buffalo meat & jerked it, had we thought we would have needed it, or Clark would not have supplied us. We were like a parcel of young pigs, just learnign to crack corn. Went crack! crack! all thro' the tents. When we got to the towns, there was a brother of John Rice's that ate 15 roasting ears in the field, before he cooked any or came out. So I was told. I did not see it. Not as big corn as ours. We would have suffered had it not been just in roasting ear time. Also got a few irish potatoes there. At now Ctr. [?] no cabin at all: just sapling cut down. A little place stockaded in. Sapling 10 feet long set on end. The boats were there; had to leave a guard over them, & some sick, till we returned. Went up to Old Chillicothe, on the Little Miami. Never saw such a nettle patch in my life, as we saw in a bottom on the way. Afterwards came to another bottom, where the indians had a sugar camp. Beautiful grove of sugar trees. . . . [a few words unclear] The indians had left the town. The tories at B's [Bryan's?] s[tation] furnished a man with provision & horses, & sent him on to the town to let them know we were coming. We passed his horse, or found it, at the mouth of Licking. When we came to Old Chillicothe, the indians had burnt it down all to some 2 or 3 cabins that were full of fur, and of deer skins. All the rest they had burned up except their council-house, which had 7 head of horses in it. Plenty of corn -- roasting ears. We let it be there till we came back. Every man then, that had a sword, or big knife, had to work. All wer engaged, some standing sentry, others at work round the big cornfield.> 11CC66 continued

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