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    Eighteenth Century Colonial Pennsylvania Indian Wars: James McAllister Autograph Letter Signed. One page, silked, 7.5" x 12", Shippensburg [Pennsylvania], March 26, 176[4?]. McAllister describes "in hast[e]" to his unnamed superior a series of Indian raids involving kidnappings, murders, and burnings. The document bears some foxing. The ink has faded slightly and margins are tightly trimmed.

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    The letter reads in part, "On Tuesday last came a Lad to my post at the fort with an account that the Indians had surrounded the house of one Adam Simms & I immediately with my party of thirteen men (as you know our men are scattered along the frontier) we ran to the place being five miles distant and found the house in flames & the Enemy fled. . . . next morning (was concluded) before day we discovered the house of one John Stuart in flames. . . . the Enemy was gone past that place, and Burnt a Barn. . . . at our return we found James McCammons house in flames." McAllister next received news from another messenger that thirteen men had been "suddenly awakened by the Enemy beginning to Tomahawk says he saw an Indian strike old John Owens heard a great uproar but as was at the remotest part of their Encampment he made his Escape." McAllister then "proceeded to Potts mill in the path Valley where we were fired on by five Indians who had scurried among some rocks on a small summit." After giving orders to surround their attackers, McAllister's party shot "the boldest" while the others escaped. In the lower margin of the second page, McAllister writes, "James & John Pipers & 407 men are gone with the party to Fort Pitt."



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