1777 : Henry Hamilton Unleashes War Parties Against Kentucky

July 17, 2018 all-day

On July 17, 1777 Lieutenant Governor and┬áSuperintendent of Indian Affairs Henry Hamilton stationed at Fort Detroit sent 15 war parties into Kentucky to attack frontier settlements to halt the spread of settlers from the United States. They brought back over 500 prisoners. Hamilton paid for the prisoners but he also paid for scalps so became known as the “Hair Buyer.”

Source : Historical Society of Michigan Michigan History Calendar

Also see Mad Monarchist : Henry Hamilton

Long Knife by James Alexander Thom : Two centuries ago, with the support of the young Revolutionary government, George Rogers Clark led a small but fierce army west from Virigina to conquer all the territory between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Here is the adventure, the romance, the struggle, and the betrayal of his life. Rich in the heroic characters, meticulously researched detail and grand scale that have become James Alexander Thom’s trademarks, Long Knife, his first historical epic, is simply unforgettable. One of George Rogers Clark’s greatest frustrations was his inability to sustain an attack on British Lt. Governnor Hamilton’s Fort Detroit. However, on Feb 23, 1779, George Rogers Clark succeeded in capturing Hamilton when he seized Fort Sackville (Battle of Vincennes). Available through MeL at participating libraries.

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