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James Stepp 1780
Posted by: Robert Hatcher (ID *****6929) Date: January 10, 2004 at 15:28:21
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Hope this is of interest to some one. This was taken from a British Lieutenant's diary, Anthony Allaire who served with Colonel Patrick Ferguson during the Revolutionary War. This occured when Ferguson was attempting to cut off Patriot Colonel Elijah Clark, when he was taking about three hundred refugees from around Augusta, Ga. to the Nolinchucky - Watauga settlements in what is now East Tenn. Ferguson missed Clark,but he had wasted so much time trying to ambush them that he lost so much time that he was unable to out distance the Over Mountain Men that caught up to and defeated his force and killed him in battle, him at King's Mt.

Friday, September 29th. 1780 We then, at that early hour, moved on three miles to one James Step's plantation, and halted. This man has been very unfortunate in his family; his wife, who is a very decent woman, was caught by the Indians about a twelvemonth past. They scalped and tomahawked her several times in the head, treated the infant she had in her arms in a most inhuman and savage manner. They mashed its head in such a manner that its recovery is truly astonishing; but what this poor, unhappy woman seems most to regret is the loss of her oldest son, whom the savages took, and she now remains in a state of uncertainty, not having heard from him since. Ferguson had been at the Star Fort at Ninety-Six prior to moving out to try to cut Elijah Clark and the refugees off. IF THIS HELPS ANY ONE I WOULD APPRECIATE YOU CONTACTING ME BY E-MAIL THANKS

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