Hello Petra.....

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Posted by Silver Wolf on October 05, 1999 at 17:31:51:

Hello Petra sorry I did not give real good detail in my last post. But I love talking to grade school kids about how the Eastern Woodlands Indians lived. Over the weekend of Oct. 2 & 3 we here in Point Pleasant, WV have the Battle Days Celebration. The Shawnee Chief Cornstalk led his warriors in the Battle of Point PLeasant against General Lewis. The battle started after sunrise and lasting until sundown. The settlers lost 75 men with 140 wounded. The number of Indian dead was never determined. After the battle Cornstalk returned to Chillicothe. Before the battle Cornstalk offered peace but Lewis refused. The following day Cornstalk and Chief Redhawk went to Point Pleasant seeking peace. Capt. Arbuckle was in charge because Gen. Lewis went to raid the Chillichote village. Arbuckle took the two chiefs and another indian as hostages. One of Cornstalks sons come to Point lookinf for his father. He was also taken hostage. The next day a a man was killed out hunting. When the body was brought back it made Capt Hall very mad. Hall led a small group of men to the cell that held the indians. Cornstalk met the men at the door and was shot 7 times. The others were shot and tomahawked. The killing of Cornstalk broke the last link that held the Shawnees back from the Confederate tribes. The SAR and the DAR members are on the committee that runs the weekend. I was told by the chairman and also had friends told the same, that they did not want Indians camped in the park or near the park. They wanted to forget about the Indians in this battle. Every event is focused on the settlers and none on the Indians. They claim that they (settlers) won the battle. History books tell that the loss was equal on either side. But I've went on long enough.

Silver Wolf

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