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SPRINGTIME IS WARTIME

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April 1, 2015 – May 30, 2015 all-day
2015-04-01T00:00:00-04:00
2015-05-31T00:00:00-04:00

HELL’S VENGEANCE CYCLE

begins every Spring

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by Jim Moyer  compiled in 2015, updated 3/6/2017, 4/2/2017, 4/15/18, 10/2/2018

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Way before any big troubles:

1750  Cabins burned by PA provincial authorities to satisfy Indian protests

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1752  Raid on Pickawillany

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Attacks after Braddock failed in 1755

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October 1755  Jane Frazier, wife of Lt John Frazier, taken captive

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October 1755   Attacks on Cresap’s Fort.  One of the many incidents attributed to Killbuck.

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1755  Mary Draper Ingles capture and escape

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1 November 1755    Great Cove Massacre 

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 Here are the packed events of  the Spring of 1756

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ATTACKS IN SPRING 1756

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February 1756  Sandy Creek Expedition led by Major Andrew Lewis

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23 March 1756  Sieur Douville given orders to attack  Fort Maidstone depot

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1 April 1756  Jean Lowry and Her Children, taken by the Indians

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1 April or 30 March 1756   Battle of  the Trough

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April 1756  Attack on Martin’s Fort (Seller’s Fort). 

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7 April 1756 Colonel GW back from Boston, now in Winchester VA

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7 April 1756  Sieur Douville is killed and scalped

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8 April 1756  Lt Bacon of Maryland and 5  Ashby’s rangers  reported killed, and Cox Fort attacked

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15 April 1756  attack on Fort Ashby 

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17 April 1756  Daniel Morgan shot through the neck and out left jaw of teeth

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18 April 1756 Battle of the Great Cacapon near Fort Edwards, 20 miles from Winchester

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2 May 1756  Court Martials HELD IN WINCHESTER VA  following the Battle of the Great Cacapon

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18 May 1756  Building of Fort Loudoun begins

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16 July 1756  Vincent Williams near Fort Pleasant killed, chopped up to adorn his cabin

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August 1756  Attack on Fort Nichols MD.  Four were killed, 3 wounded, 3 taken prisoner of the 30 militia there

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BACK FROM BOSTON

After a long trip started in February 1, 1756 to Boston

to see Governor  William Shirley of Massachussetts,

who was also Commander in Chief

of all NorthAmerican forces,

to settle the issue of Capt Dagworthy

not submitting to Washington’s command

at Fort Cumberland,

Washington finally arrives

BACK IN WINCHESTER APRIL 7, 1756

to find the frontier in turmoil,

and a report about a dead Frenchman, Sieur Douville,

who had plans to destroy

the depot near Williamsport MD on the Potomac

in the heart of many settler’s forts and homesteads.

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THE MAGAZINE, THE DEPOT

See another map of that Fort Maidstone (which guarded the Magazine the Frenchman had instructions to destroy) of Virginia side across from today’s Williamsport Maryland, near the Conococheague.

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ROBERT ROGERS

During this same trip Gov Shirley of Massachusetts and Commander overall of North America hands Robert Rogers a Commission, March 24, 1756, a commission to be paid by the Crown.

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GW failed to obtain such commissions for himself or for his men on his Boston trip to see Gov Shirley and in the end did not entirely resolve the issue of a Captain Dagworthy who would not submit to provincial Col GW’s commands.

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HELP NEEDED

But now war parties infested the woods.

Fort Edwards needed help.

Fort Cumberland needed help.

And the Magazine at Fort Maidstone needed help.

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WHY GO WHEN DANGER WAS COMING?

Why did George Washington choose

to make such a long trip to Boston

knowing Springtime is going to get HIT, really HIT ?

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THE BRADDOCK HIGHWAY

GW knew the highway they just built

for the failed Braddock Expedition

was a two way street.

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The enemy was going to use it.

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And they will be coming.

Still, confusion in command

is not good under attack,

so he needs to solve that Dagworthy problem.

 

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Colonel Washington on 7 April 1756 writes Lt Gov Dinwiddie of Virginia:

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f&iw“However absurd it may appear,

it is nevertheless certain,

that five hundred Indians have it

more in their power to annoy the Inhabitants,

than ten times their number of Regulars.

For, besides the advantageous way

they have of fighting in the Woods,

their cunning and craft are not to be equalled;

neither their activity and indefatigable Sufferings:

They prowl about like Wolves;

and like them, do their mischief by Stealth—

They depend upon their dexterity in hunting,

and upon the Cattle of the Inhabitants for provisions.”

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SANDY CREEK AND ANDREW LEWIS

This reality although true, contained a real hidden nugget.

Col Washington in the north and

Washington’s right hand man,

Major Andrew Lewis, in the south,

who had just come

from the failed Sandy Creek Expedition,

were about to be hit by ONE SINGLE INDIAN.

AGAIN.

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JOHN KILLBUCK

Because this one Indian was “likely” there

at all these events:

at the Battle of Jumonville Glen in May 1754

leading to Fort Necessity July 1754 and at

Braddock’s defeat in July 1755 and

later that Fall around Fort Cumberland.

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JOHN KILLBUCK SR. (BEMINO) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bemino

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BATTLE OF THE TROUGH

KILLBUCK SR masterminded The Battle of the Trough

which just occurred at end of March or early April.

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No court martials followed this particular battle, The Battle of the Trough.

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” In a controversial action

still being debated many years later,

Captain Thomas Waggener did not sally forth

to assist the local militia

engaged in that battle with the Indians

until the following day. ” –

page 181 of Norman Baker’s French and Indian War in Frederick County.

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Other attacks masterminded by Killbuck Sr resulted in many deaths, heroism, cowardice and ensuing court martial trials held in Winchester.

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Read about the  28 April 1758 attack

on Fort Seybert 

also led by Killbuck Sr

in a story by Bonnie S Johnston,

titled The Dark Side of the Mountain

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Suggestions, corrections, additions of information about this time of the Spring of 1756 are welcomed to post on https://www.facebook.com/groups/788566064548558/

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Links

February 1, 1756 to April 7, 1756 for Washington’s Boston Trip:

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http://founders.archives.gov/?q=Volume%3AWashington-02-02&s=1511211112&r=301

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http://founders.archives.gov/content/volumes

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http://founders.archives.gov/series/Washington/01

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http://founders.archives.gov/volumes/Washington/01-01

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