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Title:Account of a battle axe taken from an Indian at the Battle of Long Island Flats in 1776 / Alfred H. White: a machine-readable transcription of an image
Author:White, Alfred H.
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Date: 1776
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document, entitled "Account of a Battle Axe Taken from an Indian at the Battle of Long Island Flats in 1776," is the description of a Tomahawk rendered to the Historical Society of Tennessee by Alfred H. White. According to White's story, which was related to him by Mr. George W. Netherland, the Tomahawk was believed to have belonged to a Cherokee known as "Big Indian" on account of his stature and status. During this East Tennessee Revolutionary battle, an American soldier by the name of Moore came in contact with "Big Indian" during a charge. The two engaged in a one-on-one conflict, which eventually resulted in Moore defeating and killing the Cherokee. The referred to Tomahawk was found near where the action took place and was further believed to have belonged to the "Big Indian" because of its large size. The document was received by the Historical Society of Tennessee on January 6, 1860.
Collection: Governor McMinn Letters
Box:16
Folder:n/a
Document:tl019
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The supposed tradition of this Tomahawk is that at the battle of Long Island Flats in E Tenn [East Tennessee] , When ordered to charge a man by the name of Moore came in contact with one of the chiefs of the Cherokee nation known from his immense statue & well developed farm as the "Big Indian," Moore was the stoutest man belonging to the American party, their rifles being uncharged they clinched immediately, the Indian being the most active threw Moore near a sinkhole and both rooled [rolled] into to it Moore having turned the Indian in the scuffle, The Indian drew his knife when Moore grasped his wrist outminded & killed him, This Tomahawk was found near where the action took place.

Mr Moore died some fifteen years since, he resided near Kingsport in Sullivan Co [County] E Tenn. [East Tennessee] the circumstances as related are from Geo [George] W Netherland who resides on Long Island in the Holston river , The place where the




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Indians retreated after their defeat, another reason for supposing that this Tomahawk belonged to the "Big Indian" is on account of its being larger than any implement of the kind yet seen.

It is respectfully tendered to the Historical Sty [Society] of Tennessee by
Alfred H. White
corresponding member of
THS [Tennessee Historical Society] of Giles Co [County] Tenn [Tennessee]




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Account
of a
Battle Axe
Taken from an Indian at
the battle of Long Island Flats
in 1776 . presented — Recd [Received]
Jany [January] 6. 1860.



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