The settlement of the Ohio River Valley was a bitter contest between
Native Americans who had inhabited that region for centuries and
settlers from the east eager for new land and opportunity. Micajah
Callaway’s life story is a perfect backdrop to expand on the series
of historic incidents that unfolded around him. From the vantage
point of an ordinary man caught up in the middle of an extraordinary
chain of events, the author, his direct descendant, has described
the battles, broken treaties, politics and intrigues that characterized
the relationships between the conflicting parties on both sides.
Born near Lynchburg in Bedford County, Virginia, Micajah’s family
included Uncle Richard and brother Flanders, both of whom were members
of Daniel Boone’s famous trailblazing party that cut the Wilderness
Road into Kentucky and founded Boonesborough in 1775. In the Spring
of 1777, Micajah ran away from home to join a militia company that
marched to the relief of Boonesborough. He then enlisted in Captain
Daniel Boone’s Kentucky County militia company that was captured
by Shawnee Chief Black Fish and his warriors while they were making
salt at the Lower Blue Licks. Daniel Boone and Micajah were subsequently
adopted into the Shawnee Nation. While Boone escaped to return to
, Micajah lived on with the Shawnee for several years, learning
their language and customs in the process. He later returned to
his former world and served as a scout and interpreter for Brigadier
General George Rogers Clark, Major General Richard Butler, and Major
General “Mad Anthony” Wayne. As a result, Callaway became an active
participant in the ensuing diplomatic negotiations and treaties
that took place with the Shawnee Nation during the last quarter
of the eighteenth century.
The author has included a series of thirty detailed maps, photographs
and John Buxton’s artwork to help the reader visualize the stage
on which this drama took place.
Paperback, 2010, 6” x 9”, 476 pp., index, biblio., 30 maps, illust. $22.95.