Journal of John Echols, 1758 Oct. 26.
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1758 Saterday the 12th day of August Capt Robt Wade Marcht from Mayo fort with 35 men in order to take a [range?] to the New River in search of our enemy Indians we Marcht about three miles that day to a plantation where Peter Rentfro formerly lived & took up camp where we continued safe that night Next morning being Sunday we continued our march about 3 or 4 miles & one Francis New returnd back to the fort then we had 34 men beside the Capt we marcht along to a place called Gobleing Town where we Eat our Brakefast & so continued our march till late in the afternoon & took up camp at the foot of the Blew Ledge where we Continued Safe that night Next morning being Monday the 14th Inst we Started Early & crost the Blew Ledge & fell upon a Branch of the Little River called pine Creek. We followed the sd Creek down to the Little River & crost the Little River & went to Francis Easons Plantation where we continued that night our hunters brougt a plentyfull supply of Venison next morning being Tuesday the 15 Inst we marcht Down to Richard Rattleiffs plantation on the Meadow Creek where we continued that night Next Morning Being Wednesday the 16th Inst we Sent out Spyes & hunters to Spy for Enemy Sign & to hunt for provision But The Body of the Company Tarryed there at night They came in with plenty of Venison But could not Discover any fresh Sign of Enemy Next morning Thursday the 17th Inst we Sent out hunters as usual & in the afternoon Some of them Came in & and informd us that they had Seen Sign of Indians at Drapers Meadows that had Been a Catching of horses that Day & that they had Gone a Streight course for Blackwater.