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Subj: Re: Ruddell & Martin Stations
Date: 6/14/99 6:07:56 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: allaneck(a)mail.bright.net (Allan W. Eckert) To: Hdlee9936(a)aol.com
Dear Mr. Lee:
From all indications, you and your organization are doing a
fantastic job and deserve a great deal of praise. Most certainly you
have it from me.
In regard to your question concerning what kind of boats Captain
Byrd and his force used in their crossing of the Ohio River prior to the
attack on Ruddell's and Martin's Stations, I must rely on my memory
alone here, since I no longer have any research notes or related data --
all of that material having been donated to the Filson Club in
Louisville when I retired from historical writing some six years ago.
It seems to me that I recall that the boats used were large
(20/24-person) canoes that had been constructed by the Shawnees
specifically for this purpose at Chillicothe (present Oldtown, near
Xenia, Ohio) and which were transported to the Ohio River by being
trussed to four horses each -- two on opposite sides of the bow and two
on opposite sides of the stern, with the canoe slung between them.
These craft were carried empty, while the goods to be ferried across the
river were transported by packhorses. It was a remarkably well-planned
and executed effort. The large canoes, after being used to cross the
river, were skillfully hidden in large growths of dense brush close to
the river and recovered and used again when Bird's force returned to the
river after the attacks. Again, please bear in mind that this is
strictly from memory, so it would need some verification before being
accepted as entirely factual. Also, as I recall, some of the Indians
supporting Byrd hastily made their own elm-bark canoes upon arrival at
the Ohio River, each of these capable of carrying 2-4 warriors. Most of
the mounted Indians, however, swam their horses across the river.
Again, I think you're doing a wonderful job and you have my
Allan W. Eckert
As a new subscriber to your list, I'll tell you a little bit about why I
joined your group.
I am a descendant of Col(e)man BROWN(E) who was murdered by Chief Logan in
Coleman BROWN's son, William BROWN, married Elizabeth HORNBECK in Bourbon
County, Kentucky 10 January 1799.
I am venturing on a search to find Coleman BROWN's ancestry and anything I
can about his life.
Doing a "google" search on his name led me to the Ruddlesfort website and a
reference to Coleman BROWN.
Does anyone on this list have any other information about the BROWN's or
Thanks a million!
Colleen Campbell Taylor