Stories of Indian Attacks during the Revolutionary War, Part III

Jeannette Holland Austin
2 min readApr 2, 2022

1777. Indian Troubles around Boonesboro, Kentucky.

Colonel Daniel Boone built a fort as a defense against the Indians. In 1777, the Governor of Virginia raised a company in Bedford County, Virginia under Captain Charles Watkins for the purpose of being sent to Kentucky to assist the inhabitants who were engaged in combat with the Indians. The company consisted of fifty men. They were promised forty shillings per month.

Arabia Brown was stationed in Boonesboro as an Indian spy, under the command of Colonel Daniel Boone. Brown and thirty men appointed to the task of making salt at Licking Creek, were suddently taken as prisoners by the Indians. Brown soon escaped, however, and returned to the fort. But now Brown, along with others, was assigned to go out from the fort looking for Indians and give the alarm in the event of danger. One of the necessary hardships of the soldier was grinding corn with a hand mill as they had nothing furnished him but cornmeal. Brown was unable to return to Virginia until Squire Boone, a brother of Daniel Boone, was dispatched, thus serving on Lick Creek for eight months.

Source: Application for Pension Sept 12, 1832, Garrard County, Kentucky.

William Tracy volunteered in n August 1777 in this County for twelve months under Capt. Charles Gwatkins; marched to old Boonesboro in Kentucky for the purpose of protecting the fort and frontier settlers against the Indians and British. He served under Lieutenant William Milam part of the time when Daniel Boone was absent. In February of 1778 he was at Big Blue Licks in Kentucky (Nicholas County) with twenty prisoners taken by the Shawnee Indians.

Daniel Boone was taken prisoner one day while the soldiers were at the Licks making salt for the garrison at the fort. Tracy was kept as a prisoner of war by the Indians for over five years. He was first carried to Chillocothe Town (in Ohio), then high up the river, then to Piqua Towns and many other high places on Big Miami (Great Miami River); then to Detroit. Before the end of the war, he was sold to the British on Lake Erie. Other prisoners were John Hargis, Thomas James, Adam Ore, and John Sevier, who had been taken at different times and were discharged along with Tracey.

Source: Pension S7751.