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Read this on Indian Raid in 1711
Posted by: Eddie Lynn Davis Date: May 18, 1998 at 12:46:52
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I have come across this in a book called 'Cape Fear' I don't have the author's name but can find it if need to. Thanks to him/her this sheds light into our ancestors lives on that fatal day. I hope the author does not get mad at me for this. It is being offered free of charge with the heartfelt thanks of the Kornegay clan (at least my heartfelt thnaks). on pg 22 the following was written: The New Bern colony on the Nuese River had cheated the indians in trade and had taken game, ammunition, and arms away from them. The Indians had saved up their resentments until one September morning in 1711 when five hundred braves in small bands drifted into New Bern, pretending friendly errands. Within two hours of the signal for attack they slaughtered 130 settlers. Infants they swung against trees. Stakes were driven through women's bodies. In one account, the pillage is so unlike Indian warfare as to suggest a renegade white among them. Says Samuel A'Court Ashe: Bodies were fancifully arrayed by the savages in their wild and merry glee. Mr. Nevill, an old gentleman, was laid on the floor with a clean pillow beneath his head, which was ornamented with his wife's headdress, while Mrs. Nevill was set upon her knees in the chimney corner, her hands lifted up as though in prayer; and a son was laid out in the yard with a pillow under his head and a bunch of rosemary at his nose.

Then on pg 31 the following: Warfare among the whites suggested to the unhappy indians that a good time had arrived--perhaps the best and last opportunity ever--to rid their country of the invaders. Tuscarora Indians, who occupied much of the coastal plain, arose quickly and on September 22, 1711, began three daysof slaughter that came very close to wiping out the whole colony. Men, women, and children fell indiscriminately beneath their bloody axes. The town of Bath and the old Albemarle area excaped only because a friendly Tuscarora chief in that part of the colony refused to join the fight.

Note: If anyone would like to comment on this they are welcome. My name is Eddie Lynn Davis davises@airmail.net

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