From the re-release of the novel Boone.
Only from High Country Publishers.
The following photos and illistrations will appear in the novel.
Miriam & Ira D. Wallace Collection, NY Public Library
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."
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
Playing for time, Boone agreed to talk to Blackfish. Kentucky settler Josiah Collins reported
"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
Special thanks to SHAWNEE'S RESERVATION for this text.
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."