Posted by Rich on April 17, 2000 at 12:05:41:
In Reply to: Wilderness Trail posted by Victoria on April 17, 2000 at 11:31:24:
: 250 years ago April 13 Dr. Thomas Walker passed through the Cumberland Gap (1750). His was the first official record of a white person to do this. There were others but they did not record the fact or make it known to the record books. If I remember correctly, he and Boone were at Braddock's Defeat, where they met and he related to Boone about the Gap. Boone eventually settled in N.C. went through the Gap and followed the Warrior's Path into KY.
Not sure about Walker, but Boone was definitely at Braddock's Defeat in 1755 western Pennsylvania ... wait, let me check ... Yep! Dr. Thomas Walker WAS there, as was George Washington, Thomas Gage, and several other notable personalities ...
I've always felt the Massacre Valley scene in LOTM a better representation of the Braddock affair than it was of the Fort William Henry aftermath massacre ...
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