June 7, 2011

The Savagery Never Stops…



     The savagery perpetuated on humans by humans occurs in homes, communities, and countries on every continent and body of water on the earth. Will it ever stop?

     In doing research for my historic romance novel, I uncoverered story after story of Indian savagery on European settlers in the United States. This is not to say that the Europeans didn’t commit their share of savagery, but those tales weren’t told in the research I was doing.

     Below are three stories related from the western lands—when the western lands were those beyond the Allegheny Mountain range.


Thomas Gist, while exploring lands for the Ohio Company, was ill received at Loggstown on November 25, 1750, on the north bank of the Ohio River (immediately below the current day Town of Economy, eighteen miles below Pittsburgh in Beaver County, Pennsylvania). Upon arriving, he found “scarce any Body but a parcel of reprobate Indian Traders, the Chiefs of the Indians being out a hunting.” He was “ill received,” and told he would never get safe home again,. On Monday, the 26th, he left Loggstown, preferring the woods to such company as he found there…On the 14th of December he arrived at Muskingum, a Wyandot town of about 100 families…(On December 19th) there occurred in the village one of those instances of Indian ferocity so common in the Indian country in pioneer times. A woman was a prisoner to the Wyandots, captured many years before. She had not become reconciled to savage life, and made an attempt to escape. She was recaptured and had been brought into the town on Christmas Eve. Christmas passed, they turned their attention to her execution. She was taken beyond the town and released. When she ran in a new hope of escape she was pursued by men set for that purpose. When they came up with her they struck her, knocking her down. She fell with her face down, and they then shot  her int eh back with arrows, or “darts” as Gist has it. These went through her heart. When dead, she was scalped and her head cut off. All were forbidden to touch the body. In the evening Barney Curran sought permission to bury her. This was granted. Her grave was filled at dusk, and her troubles and sufferings as a captive in a barbarous Indian town happily at an end.*


Frederick County Maryland Septr 14th 1751.

May it Please your Excellency

As I happened to be at Col. Thomas Cresaps when a Company of Indian Warriors of the Six Nations came there; They killed his Hoggs, took his Corn, Flour and Bread, killed a Beef he being in a Passion with them threatened to Shoot among them at Night when they were Dancing a War dance. But the Traders and I prevailed with him not to Shoot. I proposed a Parley with them and I shewed them the Hardships Thomas Cresap Suffered by their killing his Creatures. a head Captain Said it was no hardship for their Brother Togerahogan (meaning your Excellency as Governor of Maryland) Paid Cresap for all the Provisions they destroyed at his House, which he affirmed was false, that he never was Paid, upon which four Captains made the Speech which your Excellency has here Inclosed in this Letter, and as I had Carried a Message from the Government of Virginia last year to the Six Nations and other Indians on the River Ohio: These Warriors was glad I was here to write for them. And hope your Excellency will Regard it as a thing of Consequence, which Concludes me

Your Excellencys Most Humble Servant

Christ Gist**


By this point anyone with sense living west of Conocoheague Creek had evacuated to the east, and even the region in Frederick County where John Perrin lived was subject to attacks. Despite the activity of Major Prather’s militia, the regular troops at Fort Cumberland, and the building of Fort Frederick just west of the Conocoheague in 1756, there was no let up to the violence.  Indeed, the Pennsylvania Gazette reported September 2, 1756 (also on page 3) Pennsylvania Gazette, September 2, 1756, 3:

An Account of Murders committed by the Indians near the Mouth of Conegocheague, as given by one John Huston, August 23. 1756.

“Last Friday, as a Number of Men, Women and Children, were going to a Burying, near Salisbury Plain, they were fired upon by about 30 Indians. They killed and scalped 15 Persons, old and young; the rest made their Escape, though many of them much wounded. The same Day six Men went from Isaac Baker’s on the Scout; one returned wounded, four were killed on the Spot, and the other has not been heard of since. At the same time they murdered two Families at Salisbury Plain, consisting of nine Persons. Six Men going to one Erwin’s, in said Settlement, to hawl Grain, saw a Party of Indians advance towards them, when one of the People presented his Gun, and was shot in the Palm of his Hand, which shattered his Wrist very much. He and one more made their Escape, the other four were killed on the Spot. They same Day four Men went from Shilby’s Fort, and have not returned since. A Horse that one of the Men rode, came in the next Day very bloody…**


Similar horribly violent tales are reported in today’s news media. Will the savagery never end? Will humans never learn? Will peace ever come to earth?



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