Ohio History Journal

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(Copied and published, by permission of the Wisconsin Historical

Society, from the Draper MSS., Bedinger Papers, "A"-Vol. I., pp. 19-31


Started about 1st of June-and continued about 4 weeks-

(vide page -, for bear killing). Holder commanded a com-

pany-not over 20 or 25 belonged to Boonesboro-the remainder

in neighboring Stations, if any then settled, marched to Lex-

ington, thence on to the mouth of Licking. When near the mouth,

here one of the party rambled off to hunt, & while clambering a

hill, discovered a buffalo below him, & in attempting to run, fell,

when the hunter, desirous of performing some valiant exploit,

ran up, bounded upon its back, & with his knife he actually killed

the animal. This hero of a hunter was greatly complimented by

the troops.

At the place of rendezvous, at the mouth of Licking, beside

other troops were a party of some 70 from the Falls of the

Ohio, under Col. Wm. Harrod. They belonged near Red Stone

Old Fort on the Monongahela, & had visited the country to

locate lands down the Ohio. On their way up from the Falls,

they had visited Big Bone Lick & had brought a large quantity

of the bones of the Mastodon or mammoth in a canoe, which

they designed carrying to Pittsburg. It was the presence of these

men in the country whose aid could be secured, that chiefly led

to the expedition.

Bowman had also reached, by another rout. But a day or

two elapsed & the necessary arrangements effected, the little

army took up the line of march, up the valley of the Little

Miami. Soon after commencing the march Maj. Bedinger was

introduced for the first time to Col. Bowman, who, having heard

that Bedinger had seen service to the eastward, desired him to

act as Adjutant and Quarter Master, to which he readily con-