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From Source:Redd, 1903, Speaking of the battle of the Long Island of the Holston, in 1776....

A few days after Capt. Martin's company arrived at the fort: Christian's command had increased to about one thousand men. He ordered the army to march down to the Holston river and build a fort on the bank opposite to the Long Island, on going down we passed by the late battle ground of the whites and Indians, the Indians that had been killed were all lying as they fell—with the exceptions of some who had their legs and arms torn by the wolves.




From Source:Summers, 1903:76

About the same time [1760] person:Daniel Boone, accompanied by several hunters, visited the Holston and camped the first night in what is now known as Taylor's Valley. On the succeeding day, they hunted down the South Fork of Holston river and traveled thence to what was thereafter known as Wolf Hills, where they encamped the second night, near where Black's Fort was afterwards built. It is interesting to note at this point that Daniel Boone and his companion, immediately after nightfall, were troubled by the appearance of great numbers of wolves, which assailed their dogs with such fury that it was with great difficulty that the hunters succeeded in repelling their attacks and saving the lives of their dogs, a number of which were killed or badly crippled by the wolves. The wolves had their home in the C3ve that underlies the town of Abingdon. The entrance to this cave is upon the lot now occupied by the residence of Capt. James L. White, and it was from this incident that Abingdon received its first name, Wolf Hills. Boone and his companion remained at Abingdon for a short while, during which time they disagreed and separated, Boone taking the Indian trail leading to Long Island, and Nathaniel Gist, his companion, following the Indian trail to Cumberland Gap. They did not meet again upon this trip. On Boon's creek in East Tennessee was found a tree upon which was found the following inscription : "D. Boon cilled a bar on this tree in the year 1760"; and near Long Island in Tennessee a tree was found in recent years upon which was the following inscription : " D. Boon killa bar on this tree 1773." A block containing the last inscription was taken from this tree and is now in possession of Mrs. James W. Preston, of Abingdon, and establishes the fact that Daniel Boone was upon the waters of the Holston as early as 1760, and again in 1773.

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