Shawnee Tribe Records
|Chillicothe, February 20
We understand the Governor has received an express from Mad river, from Major Moore and Capt. McPherson, along with depositions taken on oath, which state, that the Shawney Indians are preparing for war – that the war belts are passing amongst them – that their tomahawks are painted and feathered – that they are embodied at Stony Creek and at White River, and are now in council at Greenville, where it is feared they will stroke a war post in their council, this being the determined signal for war – that a small settlement on Stoney creek consisting of about 8 families, from their fears had armed for defence, but had fled into Mad River settlement.
It appears from this express, that the Shawneys are preparing for war, but does not appear that it is intended against the white people; it may be intended against the Indian tribes over the Mississippi. Proper measures will, we have no doubt, be taken to ascertain their intention, and such prudential means used as will quiet the fears of our defenceless citizens, if the alarm should be groundless, and preparations used to ward off any attempt to disturb our quiet, should this weak and restless tribe of Indians be urged by any foreign emissaries, to involve themselves in what will ultimately prove their entire ruin.
Since writing the above, we learn that a second express has arrived from Mad river, with dispatches for the Governor, and that General Kenton, Major Moore, Captain McPerson, and a Mr. McIlvain, went to the Indian council, but could not get admittance; they had, however, a conversation with about eighteen Indians, who met them at a small distance from the council house. The Indians received a few strings of white wampum – professed friendship for the white people, but, at parting, manifested hostile view, by giving their left hands, & c. The above gentlemen are fearful of consequences; but nothing appears certain as to the views or object of the Indians.
We are informed the Governor has sent a message or speech to the Chiefs, with a large fine belt of white wampum, and has given such instructions as will, it is hoped in a few days, bring news that will restore the public quiet. We are also led to believe, that orders have issued to Brigadier Gen. Whiteman, of Greene county how to prepare and act, if necessity should require it.
Page 6, The Centinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) March 19, 1806 Submitted by Nancy Piper]
Chillicothe, Feb. 25
We are happy in having it in our power to lay the following important intelligence before the Public; assuring them that it may, with the utmost confidence, be relied on as true.
The Governor has received a Communication from Mad river, informing him that the Indian Chiefs and an Interpreter upon the receipt of his Message, came into the Settlement, and assured the People that they had no intention of making WAR upon them. The Indians are considerably alarmed, and the Chiefs have sent word they will be at Chillicothe to give the Governor every satisfaction that my be required, relative to their conduct. The People are satisfied; and those who left their homes are returning back again.” [Page 6, The Centinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) April 2, 1806 Submitted by Nancy Piper]
|BLACK HOOF, one
of the Chiefs of the Shawnee Indians, died at Wapagthkonnetts (Wapakoneta,
Ohio), about Sept. 1st, age about 114 years. He was known throughout the
Western Country and was at St. Clairs, Harmer's, Crawford's, and Braddocks's defeat.
(Oct. 11, 1831, National Intelligencer, sub by K. Torp)
[Further info from wikipedia: Catecahassa or Black Hoof (c. 1740–1831) was the head civil chief of the Shawnee Indians in the Ohio Country of what became the United States. A member of the Mekoche division of the Shawnees, Black Hoof became known as a fierce warrior during the early wars between the Shawnee and Anglo-American colonists.]