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A Re-Enactment of The Massacre at Ruddles Station
Presented at Boone Station
April 20-22, 2007
Photos by Jim & Kathy Cummings

The Battle (Saturday)

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Riders on horseback come to the fort and warn of impending danger. A representative from the fort is sent out to negotiate with the hated Girty Brothers.

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But the plan goes awry. Indians begin grabbing prisoners. Byrd loses control of the situation and 20 settlers die on the spot. The rest are loaded down with their household goods and made to carry them on the long march back through the Ohio country to the British base in Detroit.

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Although a minor skirmish ensues, the settlers realize that the Indians are accompanied by British regulars under the command of Captain Henry Byrd. Byrd has brought cannon onto the Kentucky frontier for the first time. And the settlers realize that to fight will be useless.

The settlers talk among themselves to negotiate terms of their surrender. Fearful of their treatment at the hands of the Indians- they insist (and Byrd agrees) that they will become prisoners of the British. The Indians will receive the plunder from the fort.

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See additional photos of the re-enactment at www.graphicenterprises.net

The original Fort Boonesborough was built by Daniel Boone and his men in 1775

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