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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Daniel Boone: As large as legends suggest

Bill Federer remembers famous frontiersman's life, accomplishments
Daniel Boone served with George Washington in 1755 during the French and Indian War, under British General Edward Braddock. In 1765, Daniel Boone explored Florida. He once exclaimed: “I can’t say I was ever lost, but I was bewildered once for three days.”

Daniel Boone’s Quaker family had pioneered North Carolina’s Yadkin River Valley. In 1767, Daniel Boone began exploring Kentucky. In 1769, Boone traveled through the Cumberland Gap in the mountains and spent two years hunting and trapping in eastern Kentucky with his friend, John Stewart. Indians captured and separated them, and, unfortunately, Boone eventually found John Stewart’s body shot dead.

In 1773, Daniel Boone and Captain William Russell were ordered by Virginia’s governor, Lord Dunmore, to settle an area called Castle Woods. Daniel Boone’s 17-year-old son, James Boone, and Captain Russell’s 17-year-old son, Henry, were bringing supplies to Castle Woods when they were ambushed by Indians and brutally massacred.

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