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Indian Attack

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CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: Manning Collection, RG217 view image
CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: Manning Collection, RG217 view image
Document Information
Date April 4, 1794
Author Name William Rickard (primary) Location: Knoxville
Recipient Name David Henley (primary)
Summary Report of 25 Indians attacking Block House at mouth of Town Creek. Recounts defense of building against Indians and number of dead. Muster rolls enclosed.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups David Henley; William Rickard; Serjeant Harrod; Indians; Indian Nation; William Green; ;
Related Places Knoxville; Block House; Town Creek; ;
Keywords scalping knife; coat; ram rod; rifle; blanket; breech cloth; gun cock cover; effects; muster roll;
Key Phrases [not available]
Transcription

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Knoxville 4 April 1794
William Rickard -
Letter
Knoxville April 4th 1794
Sir
Early in the Morning of the third of April A Party of Indians Twenty five in number attacked the Block House at the mouth of Town Creek command'd by Serjeant. Harrod of the 12th Company of Infantry 3. Sub Legion U. States. And upon a Soldier stepping out William Green was Fired upon and Killed and immediately rushed for the Door of the Block House but were so warmly opposed they presently found it convenient to retreat leaving behind them One Rifle, One Scalping Knife, One Blanket, One Cappoe, One Breech Clout, Eight Ramrods, and several Gun Cock Covers.
A Fellow attempting to scalp Green received a Ball fired by Serjeant Harrod through his hand which induced him to drop his Rifle & Scalping Knife this appeared by his shaking his hand and wrapping it up with his Match Coat, and by the place where the Ball struck the Rifle stock and the Blood upon it Three other Indians were wounded one it is beleived mortally as he fell within a hundred paces
paces of the Block House and made lamentable Screams according to their Custom. Bled very freely and was carried off by his Party
Inclosed are the Muster Rolls, Inspection and Provision returns for the Month of April 1794 ~
The return of Greens effects cannot be forwarded untill the next month.
I am
Sir
Your Humble Servant
Wm Rickard.
[flourishes]
David Henley esquire