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Boone, by Cameron Judd

Historic photos and illustrations

Historic photos and illustrations
Time line of Boone's life
Creation of the novel
Two Chapters of Boone
Boone Historical Societies
Boone links for historians
About the author
Ordering information

From the re-release of the novel Boone.
Only from High Country Publishers.
The following photos and illistrations will appear in the novel.

Boone Cabin


Miriam & Ira D. Wallace Collection, NY Public Library

Shawnee Village

          The site of the Shawnee village is now a broad cornfield on the outskirts of Xenia. Tukemas Pope, artist and chief of the 600-member Remnant Shawnee, lives in nearby Dayton in a home resplendent with native american artifacts and paraphernlia. His group descends from remnants of Tecumseh's band, which was defeated in the War of 1812.
Daniel obviously had an affinity with the Shawnee. He had known them all his life. "They shared a love of the forest, hunting, and freedom, " said Steven Channing, formerly a professor of history at the University of Kentucky. "On the other hand, he was usually a loner, and that was alien to them."
Special thanks to SHAWNEE'S RESERVATION for this text.


When the Shawnee allowed Boone to hunt - under supervision - he began to hoard powder and lead, and "now began to meditate an escape." When a large war party gathered in June, Boone realized that the attack on Boonesborough was imminent. Slipping away from a hunting party, he covered 160 miles in four days and staggered into the settlement. By now he looked more Indian than white. Of his family, he found only Jemima. Rebecca, thinking him dead, had returned to North Carolina.

He quickly saw to the repair and completion of Boonesborough's fortification and sent to nearby settlements and Virginia Militia for help. In early September the 450 Shawnee and French Canadian force arrived on the north bank of the Kentucky.

Playing for time, Boone agreed to talk to Blackfish. Kentucky settler Josiah Collins reported the conversation:

"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 and children."
"Well, you needn't have run away. If you'd asked me, I'd let you come."

The defenders parlayed and stalled for three days; Blackfish and his allies then suggested a peace treaty. Ostensibly shaking hands in friendship, the Indians seized eight Kentucky negotiators, who broke loose and dashed for the fort. The seize of Boonesborough had begun.

For days fierce rifle fire was exchanged. The Indians tried fire arrows and a tunnel into the fort, but rain thwarted both efforts. Finally, the eighth day dawned soggy but quiet. Sometime in the night the Shawnee and French Canadians had stolen away.

Special thanks to SHAWNEE'S RESERVATION for this text.

Beech Tree

          Boone carved his name into the bark of a beech tree, celebrating the shooting of a black bear. Faragher notes that a beech tree along the Watauga River was found with the carving, "D. Boon CillED A. BAr on tree in the YEAR 1760." The inscription was discovered in the 1770s and was almost certainly not carved by Boone. While tree carvings were not unusual among hunters, Boone always spelled his name with the "e" on the end. Boone was famous enough among hunters that it was probably the work of some early forger who was impressed with Boone’s reputation. A replica on display in the Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum in NC is probably a copy of a later imitation as well. That version reads "D. Boon Killd BAR o this tre 1775."

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