Wednesday, July 8, 2020

On This Date

On July 8, 1774, Captain William Russell, per instructions of Colonel William Preston, sent Daniel Boone and Michael Stoner to notify James Harrod and the other white settlers of the increasing Native American hostilities. Scouts were also sent out because of fears the Cherokee would combine with the northern Native Americans. Russell wrote:
“I am in hopes, that in two or three weeks from this time Mr. Boone will produce the gentlemen surveyors here, as I can’t believe they are all killed. Boone has instructions to take different routes till he comes to the Falls of the Ohio and if no discovery there, to return home through the Cumberland Gap … if they are alive, it is indisputable but Boone must find them.”

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