Subject: [CREEK-SOUTHEAST] Bowles
page 62 from Clark and its Surroundings
A yet more noted resident for a season upon the Tallapoosa was Willliam
Augustus Bowles, a Maryland boy, who, as a young tory, entered the
as a soldier, fought for a year against the Americans, sailed to Jamaica as an
ensign in 1777, came to Pensacola, flung his uniform into the sea, and in
company with Creek Indians left for the wilds. For several years he remained
by the Tallapoosa, and learned very thoroughly the Muscogee language. He
married a chief's daughter.
In 1781, with Creek warriors he aided General Campbell to defend Pensacola.
He went next to New York, joined a company of comedians and sailed to the
Bahamas. There he acted comedy and painted portraits. The governor of the
islands, Lord Dunmore, selected him as an agent to establish a
on the Chattahoochie in opposition to the interests of William Panton, of
Pensacola, and Alexander McGillivray. Bowles was soon at work among the Lower
But Milfort, the war chief, the French general, was sent to the
Chattahoochie with a stern order for Bowles to leave the nation in
twenty-four hours. He
returned to the Bahamas, was sent by the governor with some Creek and
Cherokee Indians to England, received valuable presents from the
returned to the Bahamas and became a pirate...