...on the first day of this month (September) set out on my journey.
Having dispatched my equipage about 9 Oclock A.M., consisting of 3 Servants & 6 horses, three of which carried my Baggage, I set out myself in company with Docter James Craik; and after dining at Mr. Sampson Trammells (abt. 2 Miles above the Falls Church) we proceeded to Difficult Bridge, and lodged at one Shepherds Tavern 25 Miles.
Waggener was accused of not helping those men because the river was too swollen to cross. The accusers didn't cause a Court Martial like the court martials following the Battle of the Great Cacapon (18 April 1756).
No court martials because the story goes that Waggener hunted his accusers down and whipped them. .
Quote: . I was well acquainted with the battle ground [Parsons is describing the Battle area of the Trough ] , having lived from my birth to the age of thirty years within three miles of it; have often viewed it and admired the sagacity of the Indians in its selection, and wondered at the imprudence of the whites in going into battle on such unequal terms.... This instance ... has sometimes almost led me to the conclusion that the whites have often been impelled by an influence that they were not aware of, to rush into conflict at such great odds, that they might be punished or scourged for the great injustice done the red people. In my youth I was ready to sanction almost everything done to them by the whites; but a mature age, with much reflection on the subject, has convinced me of my former error; and now, taking an impartial view of the past, I fear we have a great debt on this score that must at some time and in some fearful way be cancelled, unless we make them proper amends. . http://www.wvculture.org/history/settlement/renick.html . .
Our 1971 version of that 1843 publication is this classic commercial:
More on Bemino, aka Killbuck Sr.
Kercheval's A History of the Valley of Virginia tells a story of Killbuck on pages 100-102
Our retired General George Washington will have a lot to do in his short lived private life. He was looking to make his land holdings profitable and to collect rent from those who didn't pay him while he commanded the Continental Army. He also wanted to see how to connect the Potomac to the Ohio to open exploration and development.
Fort Pleasant (Waggener's Lower Fort) . Fort Pleasant: Soldiers and Civilians in the South Branch Valley, 1756-1762 by Terry Gruber: . To gain an idea of the dimensions and design of the fort, a look at the instructions for the Patterson Creek forts is necessary. Washington simply ordered those forts to be "... Quadrangular Fort[s] of Ninety Feet, with Bastions ...". Inside the walls, barracks and a magazine were directed to be built. At the end of a 9 January 1756 letter to Waggener ordering him to the South Branch, there is a clue to the design of the bastions. As an afterthought, Washington wrote, "If you find that the plan of the Forts on Patterson's Creek, will be too tedious to erect (as the Bastions are of hewn logs) you are to make the whole a Stockade." What is meant by bastions made of "hewn logs" can be answered by looking at frontier fort construction at other locations in the British colonies.
to mimic the forts on Patterson Creek which are Fort Ashby and Fort Cocke's.
January 9, 1756, Colonel George Washington writes to Captain Thomas Waggener:
With this Detachment you are to proceed to Colonel Vanmeeters on the South Branch; and when you arrive there, you are to summon all the chief men of that place to meet you, and agree with you on the most proper place to erect a Fort, to protect the inhabitants. You must build the Fort as large as those on Patterson’s Creek, and the same model; taking care not to build any thing that you think will be expensive to the Country.