Ohio History Journal

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Having been born, and lived most of my life in Greene

county, and within easy driving distance of "Old Town," the

site of what I learned to designate as "New Chillicothe," and hav-

ing known, when a boy about 1840, an old Indian fighter who was

a participant in the ill-conducted Bowman expedition intended to

capture and destroy that village, I read up, very early in life, all

the adventures I could find, connected therewith.

As to the advance upon Chillicothe by Bowman's expedition

I think it can be safely said, and it is a matter of common tradi-

tion, that it crossed the Little Miami, from the west to the east a

couple of miles south of Waynesville, a quarter of a mile south of

the mouth of Caesar's Creek. Then after reaching a point about

three miles north, or rather, up the river from Waynesville, for

although the general trend.of the river is towards the south, it

has many large curves, it bore well to the east to escape a large

tract of marshy prairie opposite Mount Holly, which reached

from the river, nearly to the hills, and has not even yet been all

drained, then turned westward in the direction of our Chillicothe.

It is not my purpose to give an account of the attempted

surprise and its failure-it is well known that the retreat was

precipitant, the Indians' following and harrassing the Kentuckians

for many miles, but Mr. Snodgrass, to whom I have alluded,

said, the line of retreat was on the west side of the river, prob-

ably crossing the Miami at Indian Ripple, a couple of miles up

the river from Bellbrook, on the Upper Bellbrook and Xenia

road. The Kentuckians passed between Bellbrook and the river

and Mr. Snodgrass said they were attacked very fiercely at a point

on the farm on which I was born-long owned by my father.

The route designated, was a more direct one to come in touch

with the military trail south of Waynesville, than was the line of

advance, for be it known, Bowman was in a hurry to get south of

the Ohio.