Ohio History Journal

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(From the Maryland Journal, Oct. 17, 1780.)

"RICHMOND, (Virginia) Oct. 4.

Extract of a letter from Col. George Rogers Clark to his

Excellency the Governor, dated Louisville, August 22, 1780:

"By every possible exertion, and the aid of Col. Slaughter's

corps, we completed the number of 1,000, with which we crossed

the river at the mouth of Licking on the first day of August,

and began our march on the second. Having a road to cut for

the artillery to pass, for 70 miles, it was the 6th before we reached

the first town, which we found vacated, and the greatest part of

their effects carried off. The general conduct of the Indians,

on our march, and many other corroborating circumstances,

proved their design of leading us on to their own ground and

time of action. After destroying the crops and buildings of

Chillecauthy, we began our march for the Picawey settlements,

on the waters of the Big Miamie, the Indians keeping runners

continually before our advance guards. At half past two in the

evening of the 8th, we arrived in sight of the town and forts,

a plain of half a mile in width laying between us. I had an

opportunity of viewing the situation and motion of the enemy

near their works.

I had scarcely time to make those dispositions necessary

before the action commenced on our left wing, and in a few

minutes became almost general, with a savage fierceness on both

sides. The confidence the enemy had of their own strength and

certain victory, or the want of generalship, occasioned several

neglects, by which those advantages were taken that proved the

ruin of their army, being flanked two or three different times,

drove from hill to hill, in a circuitous direction, for upwards of a

mile and a half; at last took shelter in their strongholds and

woods adjacent, when the firing ceased for about half an hour,

until necessary preparations were made for dislodging them. A