Tuesday, November 26, 2019

David Quackenbos And His Indian Friend

He was enlisted in the Tryon County militia during the Revolution, and reached the rank of Lieutenant. During the Battle of Oriskany, fought in 1777, between the Indians and the frontier husbandmen, David Quackenbos, hearing his name called, looked up and beheld an Indian friend of his boyhood in the ranks of the enemy. The Indian endeavored to persuade him to desert, dwelling upon their intimacy in the past, and referring to the time when they had fought side by side in the French War. David, however, declined to listen to such a proposition, whereupon the Indian said he would be compelled to kill him. Several shots were exchanged, David finally killing his former Indian friend in self-defense.

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