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

Kentuck War
John D. Shane interview with Josiah Collins, ca. 1840s; Was with the Bowman campaign in 1779; 1: Surrounded Chillicothe. <An Indian man came running out of town with a gun on his shoulder, as tho' he was going out hunting. One of our party, Hugh Ross, shot that indian down. The crack of the gun alarmed the indian town. (I was close to Ross when he shot the indian.) The indians immediately came out of their huts, and gave us battle. They then attempted to make their escape from the other side of the town; but met with Capt. Logan, who gave them a heavy fire, which compelled the indians to retreat to the centre of the town, where they had some log cabins in which they took shelter. They then kept up a constant & severe fire, from each (either) side of those cabins, for the space of 4 hours. They next then sent out a negro woman to inform us that there were an hundred warriors in town, & that they had sent a runner to Pickway, for an hundred more. Col. Bowman & his officers thot it most suitable to move from the town to the woods, as the town stood in an open plain. This they accordingly did. They then proceeded on homeward, leaving 7 dead on the ground. About one o'clock, the Indians pursued and overtook us, in the woods. Col. Bowman formed his men into a circle round, and defended the baggage and plunder. The Indians came up and attacked us covertly, behind trees. There would be intervals, perhaps of an hour, in which we would hear no Indians. Then they would commence firing again, & so continued till the sun was about an hour and an half high in the evening. There was not, after that, an indian to be seen or heard, until almost sunset, when Col. Bowman formed his men to march from the ground. The Indians then again renewed a severe attack. We then rushed on them, and drove them off of the ground, without the loss of a man. (But I run over a dead indian, I know myself as we pursued.) We, after that, neither saw nor heard of them any more. We lost one man in the woods, and gained one scalp. Total loss, on our part 9 killed and 4 wounded. A young man, a prisoner then, told me in 1789, at the falls of the Ohio, that about 40 were killed, and died of their wounds, on the part of the Indians. We was then living at the old Chillicothe town. Was exchanged in 1783 for some squaw prisoners that we took in 1782. Blackfish was among the Indians who died of their wounds. . . . [I] got 2 scalps, the one Ross killed, and the one I ran over.> 12CC65-66 continued

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