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

Long Siege John D. Shane interview with Josiah Collins, ca. 1840s: <Blackfish came to the top of a hill, opposite Boonesborough [Hackberry Ridge], & called to see Boone. Boone, and Wm. Bailey Smith went out. Blackfish said to Boone, "Well, Boone, How d'y." "How d'y Blackfish" "Well Boone, what made you run away from me?" "Why because I wanted to see my wife & children." "Well you needn't have run away if you'd asked me, I'd let you come." "Well Boone, I have come to take your fort. If you will surrender, I will take you all to Chillicothe, and you shall be treated well. If not, I will put all the other prisoners to death, & reserve the young squaws for wives." Boone said he would return to the Fort, & counsel with his warriors. Blackfish came again to see what determination they had come to. Bone told him they had determined to defent the Fort to the last. This same day they sent a negro with a flag, for leave to kill some of his beeves; which was of course granted. He next sent the flag back, with proposals to make a treaty the next day, and said they would go home: which was also agreed to by Boone. The negro returned the 3d time, the same day, with the message that Blackfish and some of the warriors wanted to see Boone's squaws. Boone returned answer that Boones squaws were very much afraid of the indians. (The men at the port holes would call to the negro not to come any nearer, or the would shoot him. Didn't want him to make any discoveries.) The treaty was commenced the next day in a lick, where there was a salt spring & a fresh spring, that came out near together, about 60 yards from the fort. The chiefs of the indians said Boone and his chiefs were to meet there together, all unarmed. The indians came out, 2 to 1. Boone & 8 others with him, & of the chiefs (or indians) 18. AFter they had signed the treaty, Blackfish said it was a custom with the Shawanese when they made a treaty, for two of them to take a white man's hand, to shake hands strong, and to make a strong & a firm peace. This stratagem to captivate the whites had been foreseen by Boone, & according to his directions, as soon as the indians commenced to grapple, & endeavour to secure the white men, a party in the fort poured a full and heavy fire on them in the lump, which drove the indians back to their lines & gave opportunity for the whites to escape into the Fort.>

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