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Heroes and Hunters of the West Comprising Sketches and Adventures of Boone, Kenton, Brady, Logan, Whetzel, Fleehart, Hughes, Johnson, &c.   By: (1800-1859)

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[Illustration: THE WOUNDED PIONEER.]

HEROES AND HUNTERS OF THE WEST:

COMPRISING SKETCHES AND ADVENTURES OF BOONE, KENTON, BRADY, LOGAN, WHETZEL, FLEEHART, HUGHES, JOHNSTON, &c.

PHILADELPHIA: H. C. PECK & THEO. BLISS. 1860.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1853,

BY H. C. PECK & THEO. BLISS,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

CONTENTS.

Daniel Boone. 11 Simon Kenton. 19 George Rogers Clarke. 24 Benjamin Logan. 32 Samuel Brady. 38 Lewis Whetzel. 45 Caffree, M'Clure, and Davis. 58 Charles Johnston. 66 Joseph Logston. 74 Jesse Hughes. 81 Siege of Fort Henry. 87 Simon Girty. 103 Joshua Fleehart. 118 Indian Fight on the Little Muskingum. 129 Escape of Return J. Meigs. 137 Estill's Defeat. 144 A Pioneer Mother. 154 The Squatter's Wife and Daughter. 167 Captain William Hubbell. 173 Murder of Cornstalk and his Son. 185 The Massacre of Chicago. 189 The Two Friends. 211 Desertion of a young White Man, from a party of Indians. 219 Morgan's Triumph. 229 Massacre of Wyoming. 233 Heroic Women of the West. 243 Indian Strategem Foiled. 250 Blackbird. 265 A Desperate Adventure. 268 Adventure of Two Scouts. 276 A Young Hero of the West. 299

PREFACE.

To the lovers of thrilling adventure, the title of this work would alone be its strongest recommendation. The exploits of the Heroes of the West, need but a simple narration to give them an irresistible charm. They display the bolder and rougher features of human nature in their noblest light, softened and directed by virtues that have appeared in the really heroic deeds of every age, and form pages in the history of this country destined to be read and admired when much that is now deemed more important is forgotten.

It is true, that, with the lights of this age, we regard many of the deeds of our western pioneer as aggressive, barbarous, and unworthy of civilized men. But there is no truly noble heart that will not swell in admiration of the devotion and disinterestedness of Benjamin Logan, the self reliant energy of Boone and Whetzel, and the steady firmness and consummate military skill of George Rogers Clarke. The people of this country need records of the lives of such men, and we have attempted to present these in an attractive form.

[Illustration: CAPTURE OF BOONE.]

HEROES OF THE WEST.

DANIEL BOONE.

In all notices of border life, the name of Daniel Boone appears first as the hero and the father of the west. In him were united those qualities which make the accomplished frontiersman daring, activity, and circumspection, while he was fitted beyond most of his contemporary borderers to lead and command.

Daniel Boone was born either in Virginia or Pennsylvania, and at an early age settled in North Carolina, upon the banks of the Yadkin. In 1767, James Findley, the first white man who ever visited Kentucky, returned to the settlements of North Carolina, and gave such a glowing account of that wilderness, that Boone determined to venture into it, on a hunting expedition... Continue reading book >>




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