The Backward Trail; Stories of the Indians and Tennessee Pioneers

The Backward Trail; Stories of the Indians and Tennessee Pioneers

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... the attack would be made there, the warriors left their excavations and hurried down to defend the town. When they saw their mistake, it was too late to regain the pits; in addition to this, they became greatly scattered. The larger portion found themselves between the river and the whites; but they made a stubborn resistance under the leadership of Kingfisher. Hugh L. White, afterwards prominent as a statesman, and a few others resolved to kill this chief. When he fell under their unerring aim, the warriors gave up the fight and fled. The village'--which stood near the present town of Rome, Georgia--was burned. Sevier wanted to carry the war further down to other Indian settlements, but it was decided to return on account of the difficulties to be surmounted in reaching them. The Etowah campaign was the last military service of Gen. Sevier, Although he had been the protection of the frontiers for nearly a score of years, fighting thirty-five battles and never meeting defeat, and in all his engagements losing but fifty-six men, this expedition was the only one for which he received compensation from the government. Commenting on his manner of warfare, Ramsey says that Sevier was the first to introduce the Indian war-whoop in his battles with the savages, the tories, or the British. More harmless than the leaden' missile, it 'was not less eflicient, and was always the precursor and attendant of victory. The prisoners at King's Mountain said, "We could stand your fighting, but your cursed hallooing confused us; we thought the mountains had regiments. instead of companies." The fall of Etowah practically put an end to Indian outrages in East Tennessee. In the more western settlements on the Cumberland the...
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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236744071
  • 9781236744074