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Lot 259: 1789 Benjamin Logan + George Rogers Clark Commanded Wabash/Shawnee Indian Raids
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Benjamin Logan & George Rogers Clark Commanded Documenting Certificates of Payments for Military Service For Expeditions Against the Wabash & Shawnee Indians
December 12th, 1789-Dated Federal Period, Manuscript Document, 1 page, measuring 9.25" x 7.5", on period laid paper, no place, Choice Very Fine.
This original Manuscript Document being an account of "Military Service" issued Certificates, provided in relation to the 1786 raids conducted against the Wabash and Shawnee Indians under the command of Benjamin Logan and (George Rogers) Clark. The amounts are listed in British Pounds totaling 11,182.11.1 with an interesting additional 12,00 "for Support of Indians." Docket on the blank verso reads: "Amt. of Certificates Indian Expeditions". Expected light folds, overall well written and easily readable in brown with the writing still being quite dark and crisp and good for display. Accompanied by a later typed transcription.
Benjamin Logan (c. 1742-1802) served as Colonel of the Kentucky County, Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War, second in command of the Kentucky militia. After the War, he worked to advance Kentucky's statehood. In late October of 1786 Logan and George Rogers Clark led an ill-fated campaign against the Indians in the Ohio Country. Clark attacked villages along the Wabash River and while other chiefs went to their aid, Logan decimated villages along the Little Miami and Mad Rivers. One of Logan's men murdered the Shawnee Chief while he was a guarded prisoner, an act of betrayal that rallied the Shawnee against the settlers and contributed greatly to the escalation of the Northwest Indian War.