Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Daring Chivalry And High Adventure


"...President Houston issued a proclamation inviting volunteers for a retaliatory expedition across the Rio Grande, and designating the 25th of October, at San Antonio de Bexar, as the time and place for their rendezvous. Near eight hundred of the most gallant spirits of western Texas responded to the requisition with whom the author found himself associated in an enterprise which, however disastrously it afterwards terminated, wore at its outset the most attractive hues of daring chivalry and high adventure." 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Troubles With The Transylvania Company


From The Kentuckians by Janet Holt Giles:

....troubles with the Transylvania Company.... .  The year of 1777, for instance, when there were but a hundred and twenty guns in the whole of Kentucky and the British were arming and agitating the Ohio Indians against us; when we were scattered in three little settlements....

The colonel [Henderson] has got a valid title if the crown recognizes it.  Virginia and North Carolina have both repudiated him, but he hasn't sought recognition from them and isn't depending on it.  He has bought the land from the Cherokees, and it's his opinion that under the terms of the treaty at Hard Labor it was recognized by Britain as belonging to them.  He intends to set up as a proprietor under the crown.  He's purchased the land from the mouth of the Kentucky River along the boundary of the Ohio to Powell Mountain, down the ridge of that mountain to the Cumberland River, and down the Cumberland to where it flows into the Ohio.  He's already starting entering claims in the name of his company, which he calls the Transylvania Company....

...Cap'n Clark is good friends with Patrick Henry and he said he was going to have a word with him about Colonel Henderson and try to find out which way the wind is blowing back there.

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Schooner Nancy

In the wake of the eighteentwelvers....:

 The flash of a pistol showed him in the very act of pulling the lanyard. With the leap of a mountain-cat Alexander McIntosh, the Nancy's old sailing master, sprang towards him whirling his cutlass as he came.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Prisoner Held In Quebec

For background information, see earlier post.


 The story of the rescue of a prisoner from the Indians, related in his Narrative, is contained in the report of the Virginia Council of June 16, 1779. Sometimes at liberty, engaged in trading, and sometimes confined in jail as a rebel, he remained in Detroit and Mackinac till May, 1778, when he was sent down to Quebec, at which place he arrived on the first day of June.

In the reports of rebel prisoners at Quebec in June and July, 1778, are three entries referring to Dodge as follows: "John Dodge, 24 years old, from Connecticut, a trader settled at Detroit for seven years, sent down by Lieutenant Governor Hamilton. His commercial effects at Detroit. Taken up on suspicion of having been in arms with the rebels." He remained in Quebec until the ninth day of the following October when he escaped, going first to Boston and subsequently to General Washington. Dodge does not state where or when he met Washington, but as the General was in attendance at Congress from December 21, 1778, until some time in the following January, he probably met him at Philadelphia. Dodge says he visited Congress "having some matters relating to Canada worthy their hearing." This related to the "certain expedition" referred to by Washington in his letter of December 29th, a proposition to invade Canada. Dodge was at Fort Pitt in the early part of January, 1779, and from that port wrote a letter to John Montour. There is no record of Dodge's appearance before Congress, but he wrote a letter on the subject, to Congress... .

John Dodge - Last Name In Excerpt Of List Of POWS