Thursday, October 18, 2018

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Bowie And His Association With Jean Lafitte

From Lots of Land:

In that year [circa 1830] Jim Bowie appeared in Texas with a colorful reputation behind him and considerable means as the result of his association with Jean Lafitte (Bowie and his brother were reportedly agents of the pirate king in disposing of his stolen "black ivory."

In one year they are supposed to have netted $65,000 in commissions.) After having fought alligators barehanded, killing a man with a knife fashioned by his brother, searching for gold among the Lipan Indians, and marrying the daughter of a wealthy Spaniard in San Antonio, Bowie turned to land traffic. In 1830 he purchased sixteen such eleven-league grants from Mexican citizens who filed for them and released them to Bowie.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

John Todd At Point Pleasant

Monument At Point Pleasant (West Virginia)

John Todd's Record Book:

"He [John Todd] served as aid to Gen. Lewis at the battle of Point Pleasant and in the campaign of 1774 against the Scioto towns."

Thursday, October 4, 2018

False Hopes

The Devil' Backbone, The Story of the Natchez Trace...(1962):

"He (Phineas Lyman) must have talked much in the tavern of his old wartime comrade, Israel Putnam, later to become a popular hero of the patriots in the American Revolution. 

*Source - Israel Putnam Drawing

At any rate, Israel and his brother Rufus were stirred by the 'false hopes' Phineas raised about the land. The Putnams left a journal* about their explorations (1772-73) but preferred to remain in New England. Lyman set out to establish his colony of Georgiana, named of course, after George III, but soon after his arrival at Natchez died, in 1774, leaving his wife and surviving children to continue his ill fortune."

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Major George Farragut

Artifact Depicting George Farragut's Son* At The Farragut Museum

From the biography of Major George Farragut:

With those few of the present generation who have heard at all of Major George Farragut, the idea usually prevails that his only title to distinction lay in the fact that he became the father* of one of America's most noted naval commanders. Yet the services rendered by George Farragut himself, both as a soldier and sailor, were not unappreciated during his own lifetime. This gentleman, sometime a Captain of North Carolina Cavalry in the army of the Revolution, a pioneer in the trans-montane settlements of Tennessee and the Gulf States, and who was later engaged in the naval service of the United States, was a native of the Island of Minorca, one of the Balearic group, in the Mediterranean sea.