Lexington, K., September 3. A gentleman of undoubted veracity arrived in this place yesterday morning who was at the house of Col. Colloway in Henry county, about 12 miles from Westport, on Friday night last. He states that between one and two o’clock in the morning, an express arrived to Col. Colloway informing him that considerable mischief had been done by the Indians on Thursday night, on Pigeon Fort of Silver creek, fifteen miles from Westport.
The Colonel immediately collected about 100 men, and proceeded on to Westport, when he crossed the Ohio about 12 o’clock on Saturday. From Westport he sent a message home, stating that 15 families had been killed by the Indians, two individuals only have been known to have escaped. The greatest activity was prevailing when our informant left Colonel Colloway’s, and he supposed by this day 1000 men will have crossed the river to pursue the Indians.
For several days past volunteers from various parts of the state have been marching through our town, to join the army under gov. [William Henry] Harrison. Men more hardy and determined, more capable of braving the fatigues of an active campaign, we have never seen.
They are the sons and true representatives of those old warriors, who first conquered and defended, and then settled Kentucky. They will support the reputation which Kentucky has acquired for vallor [sic] and patriotism. They know they fight in a just cause, and are eager to avenge upon our enemies the wrongs done to our country.
We were much pleased to see Mr. M’KEE and Mr. MONTGOMERY in the ranks as common soldiers. Mr. M’Kee had voted in Congress for the war, and now proves the sincerity of his professions by offering his blood and life to his country’s service. Mr. Montgomery is a new member of that body; and his present conduct affords testimony of what we may expect in time to come. — Lexington Republican
COMMENT: Samuel McKee (1774-1826) was a Representative from Kentucky from 1809-1817, who had played a key role in promoting the War of 1812 with Great Britain. He served as a private soldier in the summer of 1812, where as a member of the staff of General William Henry Harrison, he reported back to his friends in Congress, including Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun. Thomas Montgomery (1779-1828) served as Representative from Kentucky from 1813-1815 and 1821-1823.