Friday, October 24, 2014

Pike's Expedition In The Newly Acquired Territory

From The Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike, Volume I (of 3) To Headwaters of the Mississippi River Through Louisiana Territory, and in New Spain, During the Years 1805-6-7:

"Pike's expeditions were the first military and the second governmental explorations which were pushed to any considerable extent in our then newly acquired territory of Louisiana. The name and fame of the brilliant young soldier who impersonated the authority of the United States over all the ground between British and Spanish possessions are thus inseparably linked with those of Lewis and Clark in the beginning of our history of the Great West... ."

Jim's Photo Of A Map Entitled, "The French In The Upper Mississippi Valley"

"In July, 1805, Pike was ordered by General Wilkinson to explore and report upon the Mississippi river from St. Louis to its source, select sites for military posts, treat with the Indians, make peace if possible between the Sioux and Ojibways, and find out what he could about the British traders who still occupied posts in our newly acquired territory."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Before It Was Tennessee

Mansker's Fort in *Goodlettsville, TN

FLOWERING of the CUMBERLAND by Harriette Simpson Arnow:

...Prior to 1790 Davidson and Sumner counties were parts of North Carolina; the same counties were parts of the Territory of the United States South of the River Ohio, 1790-1796; it was not until the creation of the State of Tennessee in 1796 that any county was officially a part of Tennessee.

*Part of Goodlettsville is in Davidson County and part in Sumner County

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Guerilla Warfare In Missouri

Jim's Photo (Ozark County, MO, General Vicinity)

From The Blue and The Gray:

Guerrilla Warfare in Missouri: This account of guerrilla warfare comes from Colonel [William] Monks and describes conditions in Ozark County, on the Arkansas border, in 1862.

The Ozarks History blog also mentioned Colonel Monks.

More information here from the Ozarks Civil War website about guerrilla warfare in the area.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Aiming To Strike Kentucky

From The Kentuckians:

Fort Harrod Garden

...I've come by to give you news.  The British have treated with the Six Nations and the Indians are going over to their side in this war.  All the tribes north of the Ohio know of it and will take their part.  They're aiming to strike at the settlers in Kentucky, hard and often, with British guns and powder baking 'em up, and in time even British officers to lead 'em.  Henry Hamilton had put up a bounty for ever' scalp they take.  Who is Henry Hamilton.  He's the British governor at Detroit.

I went on over to Jim's cabin, thinking to have a word with him before heading back to the stockade.  And I was glad I did, for he had news.  Billy Bush was through yesterday, he said, from the Holston.  He brought word of Cap'n Clark and Jack.

Boys, Virginia has claimed title to the new country and has set it up as a new county.  Kentucky County! [news from Billy Bush]