Stories of Indian Attacks during the Revolutionary War. Part I.

Jeannette Holland Austin
2 min readMar 31, 2022

General Andrew Lewis

Indian Attacks during the Revolutionary War In 1776, problems with Indian attacks from the Shawnee and Cherokees continued and the militia was again called upon. An examination of county records in Chesterfield, Fincastle, and Montgomery Counties, Virginia reveals that throughout the Revolution, it was the frontiersmen who provided cattle, grain, lead, horses, and other materials necessary to keep the American troops in the field.

Hence, they were frequently called upon to provide meals for the men and fodder for their horses. Every year the British would send beads, earrings, finger-rings, knives, guns, shots, powder, cloth, and other presents to the Indian tribes. The red men were very proud to have such items and they thought highly of the English people.

General Andrew Lewis, son of the first white man to make his home in Augusta County, Virginia, was born in Ireland about 1720. He served as a major in the regiment commanded by Washington in the Ohio campaign of 10 1754 and 1755; also in the French and Indian wars. General Lewis was highly regarded by General Washington, at whose suggestion he was appointed a brigadier-general in the Continental army. Four of his brothers served in the Revolutionary War, one of them, Colonel Charles Lewis, unfortunately killed at Point Pleasant.

Source: Some Irish Settlers in Virginia by Hon. Joseph T. Lawless, Richmond, Virginia

Hugh Allen.

Hugh Allen was a lieutenant in Colonel Charles Lewis’ regiment stationed at Point Pleasant in 1774. He was killed in battle and his body was buried beside the remains of Colonel Lewis.

Source: The Annals of Augusta County Virginia 1726–1871 by Joseph A. Waddell. Soon after the war, while William Tyner of Elbert County, Georgia was away from home, the Indians came and attacked his wife and children. There was no one to help. The Indians first killed the mother, then dashed the baby’s head against a tree, scattering its brains into the yard. The next little fellow was scalped and left for dead, but while this was happening, the young son, Noah Tyner, slipped away and hid in the hollow of a tree.

The Indians searched for him but did not find him. The daughters were taken as slaves. One day, one of the daughters was left alone with the Indian women. The plan was to burn the girl at the stake the next day. An old squaw did not want the girl burned, so after all, were asleep she led the girl down to the river and gave her a canoe.

Source: Markers of Georgia’s Name and Fame, pp. 90–94 1776. August. Indian Attacks on the Holston and Watauga R

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