Unnamed Killings In Tazewell County

Unnamed Killings In Tazewell County

By Emory L. Hamilton

From the unpublished manuscript, Indian Atrocities Along the Clinch, Powell and Holston Rivers, page 123-A

On May 5, 1783, Colonel William Preston wrote to Governor Harrison, saying:

Acknowledging receipt of his letter of the 6th and 7th of March, on the 19th of said month. Prior to that date, he had sent out experienced scouts, at the request of the people most exposed, and had ordered the Captains of Militia to hold their companies in readiness to go to the relief of the frontier if necessary.

On the 21st of March, notwithstanding these precautions, a party of Indians had gotten in, undiscovered by the inhabitants of Clinch and Blue Lick, to Walker’s Creek and killed one man, took his wife and two children, and two children of a poor widow. They were immediately tracked and pursued by experienced woodsmen, but not overtaken. A few days afterwards a man was killed on Bluestone by a small party, who were also pursued to no purpose.

In consequence of these alarms, he had sent out two companies to the defense of the frontiers, and the minds of the people were much quieted thereby. (Calender Virginia State Papers, Vol. III, page 479.)

April 1, 1783, Col. Arthur Campbell wrote to Governor Harrison, saying: It gives me pleasure to inform his Excellency that the Indians had been repulsed in their attack on "the fort in Clinch settlement." (Calender Virginia State Papers, Vol. III, page 464.)

In the above letter Col. Campbell may be referring to the attack on the fort at Castlewood, when Ann Neece was scalped, yet it could be another incident of which we have no record.

This file contributed by: Rhonda Robertson

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