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6 - February 2, 2012 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook Heaven Is A Lot Like Kentucky By Charles Mattox My research into the plight of the 28 Kentucky men, who were taken cap five on Feb. 8, 1778 at the Lower Blue Licks, contin- ues to haunt me. Their stories are inex- plicably interwoven with the birth of our nation, our state and ultimately even ourselves, dear reader. With the exception of Daniel Boone, who was their legendary leader, over half of them were new to the frontier, hav- ing enlisted in the colonial army in Virginia and then marched to Fort Boones- boro. They had been there only a few months when they marched from the fort to the Lower Blue Licks Springs along the Licking River, to make salt. Simultaneously, Shaw- nee Chief, Cat-to-wa-ma- go, or Black Fish as he was called by the Kentuck- ians, led 80 Shawnee war- riors who were joined by 20 warriors of hearths of the Miami nation in a ra- re winter raid against Ken- tucky. The raiders were al- so joined by British agents and a rogue French Offi- cer, Pierre Lorimer, (Pe- ter Lorimar) who'd set up a trading post with the no- fives in the Ohio Country. The 'salt-makers' had made enough salt to weigh down the packhorses on two separate trips and still they remained in camp, even after the rising wa- ters of the Licking River made it impossible to gath- er water from the saline springs. Boone had been hunfing alone when captured by a Shawnee scouting party. Chief Black Fish warned that he would kill them all unless Boone could talk them into surrendering and he subsequently or- dered all the men to sur- render without so much as firing a shot. Thus their ordeal began. Researching the plight of these men has been an ongoing project for me for over four decades. I have learned much about the men and inci- dents of their capture. I share a few snippets of what I have gleaned. Jesse Hodgcs was one of the three couriers who were among the Kentuck- ians who escaped capture. He was making his second salt delivery to the fort. Stephen Hancock and Wil- Editorial liam Cradelbaugh were al- so couriers and escaped as well. Flanders Callaway and Thomas Brooks were scouts and hunters for the salt-makers and they were also away from camp and escaped being taken cap- five. Callaway, Boone's son- in-law, had brothers James and Micajah taken captive. Thomas Brooks lost his two brothers Samuel and William, to the raiders. Samuel Brooks fought tenaciously when made to run the gauntlet in the vil- lage of Chillicothe. He was badly beaten and had his arm broke. He was sold at Detroit and later put on a prison barge in Quebec. Hedied in confinement. His brother William, was similarly imprisoned as the Revolutionary War dragged on, but eventual- ly released. He bore the scars of his manacles for the rest of his life. James Callaway was a tall and gangly 17-year-old when captured. He and brothers Flanders and Mi- cajah, were nephews of Colonel Richard Callaway. James became also sui- cidal in his defiance to his captors, even taunting them by patting his head and daring them to "strike here" with their axes. It was reported that he "knocked down" several Shawnee warriol;s when he ran the Chillicothe Gauntlet and complet- ed the run without injury. He was sold at Detroit but eventually escaped and ar- rived at his Virginia home- stead on Christmas Eve, 1781. Micajah Callaway was adopted into the Shawnee tribe and according to eye- witness accounts, became a fierce Shawnee warrior. He fought against Ameri- can forces on at least two occasions. In July 1783 he was hired by Shawnee el- ders to negotiate a partial peace agreement and the release of several Shaw- nee prisoners to American forces. The negotiations were held in July 1783 between General George Rogers Clark and Ca!!away at Lou- isville. Callaway helped obtain the freedom of his cousin, Jack Callaway, who was captured from Hoy's Station in August. 1782. General Clark insisted that Micajah Callaway al- so be released and Calla- way agreed when offered his freedom. He would later be pres- ent as an interpreter at the Limestone prisoner ex- change of 1787, working with Boone for the release of Americans. He also later served with General Mad Anthony Wayne. He lived to be 94 and died on April 11, 1849. Salt-maker Andrew Johnson, a man of small stature, became a big hit at Chillicothe, taking on the role of the village fool. He was called Pe-cu-la or Lit- tle Blind Duck. Johnson escaped in May 1778. He defended the state in several military engagements and settled on Elkhorn Creek in Scott County. Salt-maker Benjamin Kelly was adopted into the same hearth as the young warrior named Tecumseh. He became immersed in Shawnee culture and may have fought at the Battle of Upper Licks (Battle Run) in 1782. Manuel Kelly, his brother also fought in that southern Fleming County Revolutionary War Battle. Benjamin Kelly married Nancy Jarrell and became a Baptist Preacher in Ohio County Kentucky. Salt-maker Joseph Jack- son was adopted into the Shawnee tribe and like Micajah Callaway also be- came a fierce warrior. He stayed with the Shawnee for almost 30 years. The great historian Ly- man Copeland Draper in- terviewed Jackson in 1844 and confronted his with evidence that Jackson had fought with the Shaw- nee in 1782 at the Battle of Blue Licks, further alleg- ing he partook in the de- feat of Josiah Harmar in 1790 and Arthur St. Clair in 1791. Jackson staunchly denied the allegations, but at the age of 88, and only four days after Draper left his home, Jackson hanged himself. These are but a few ot the brief glimpses into the lives of the men who were marched from the Lower Blue Licks Springs, north- ward to Ohio and into infa- my. If the Good Lord is will- hag, we may join one or more of the salt-makers within the confines of this column. I cannot get an image of young salt-maker An- sel Goodman, from my mind. He was a young sol- dier, befriended by Boone who later recorded some of his experience. I leave you with him as we ap- proach the sprawling vil- lage of Chillicothe on Feb. 18, 1778. "A little before we reached the Indian town, I was compelled to strip naked, cold as it was, en- tirely naked and my arms tied fast behind me. Bear meat was packed upon me and it was a heavy load. I was made to sing as loud as I could holler as we ap- proached the town. After I ran the gauntlet I was or- dered to dance." Southern States elects new committee members, officers Samuel C. Reynolds of Carlisle, Ky. and Rob- ert (Mike) Bach of Ow- ingsville, Ky. were elect- ed to the local stockhold- ers committee 6f Southern States Cooperative Ow- ingsville Service held on January 22, 2012. More than 300 stockholder- members and their fami- lies attended the Member- ship Day at held at each lo- cation in Owingsville, Car- lisle, Morehead, and Mt. Sterling. Samuel C. Reynolds was year was about $9,218,000. This session also in- cluded a special recog- nition ceremony for the newly elected and retiring board members and Farm Home Advisory Commilt- tee members. Those re- tiring included Billy Stew- art of Sharpsburg, Ky. and Sam Reynolds, who was reelected at the meeting. Founded in 1923, South- ern States now has more than 300,000 farmer-mem- bers. As one of the na- tion's largest agricultur- al cooperatives, the Rich- mond, Va.- based firm pro- vides a wide range of farm inputs, including fertiliz- er, seed, livestock feed and pet food, animal health supplies and petroleum products, as well as oth- er items for the farm and home. The Cooperative serves its' members and non- member customers through 1200 retail out- lets and had sales of $2 bil- lion in it fiscal year ending June 30, 2011. elected chairman of the local stockholder com- mittee, while Glen Thom- as of Owingsville, Ky. was named vice-chairman. Elected to the Southern States Farm Home Advi- sory Committee were Lin- da Gray of Owingsville and Kaye Buckler of Owings- ville. Linda Gray was cho- sen chairman of the Farm Home Advisory Commit- tee, and Kaye Buckler was named secretary. The local meeting also included a report by Cher- yl Gray of Flatwoods, Ky., Southern States' district manager, on major devel- opments at the Coopera- tive during the past year. Reviewing local oper- ations and services was Roger Stephens, Manag- er of Owingsville Service. 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