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La Charrette Village

Interested in what Lewis & Clark, Daniel Boone, Zebulon Pike, John Colter, President Jefferson and other notables thought about America's newly acquired westernmost village? Enjoy the west...before it became distorted by TV, movies and novels.

Location: Port Aransas, Texas, United States

A retired professor of Food and Animal Science at Texas A&M University, The University of Connecticut and Texas Tech. A cowboy in my previous life...never thought about being a professor or an author.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Conflict at La Charrette - War of 1812

The War of 1812 was still raging at frontier La Charrette in 1815. The Ramsey family at the title link was perhaps the hardest hit of any at La Charrette (Scroll almost two-thirds down the page). By now Callaway's Fort had been established at La Charrette where Daniel Boone, now 80 years old, maintained a steady vigilance as other responded to the sounding of trumpets as a call for help. Daniel and Rebecca's son Nathan arrived just in time to console a confused and dying Ramsey child, "Daddy, the Indians did scalp me".

Lieutenant James Callaway, son of Flanders and Jamima Callaway of La Charrette, and grandson of Daniel and Rebecca Boone, led an unsuccessful nearby search for stolen horses as related at http://alvyray.com/Family/Stories/DanielBoone.htm (Scroll about one-third down the page to read about the conflict that took his life). During these tense times Nancy Howell Callaway, James' wife, was staying with the Callaways at La Charrette. Boones Rangers, previously led by Callaway, occasionally mustered at Callaway's Fort with his Rangers to include America's First 'Mountain Man' John Colter. Still others of Boone's family continued to serve on the Missouri frontier as told in the book about Nathan Boone, another of Rebecca and Daniel's children at http://www.umsystem.edu/upress/fall2000/hurt.htm Boone family members remained active as community leaders for generations to include several medical doctors and a steamship captian.

John Busby, who sold his La Charrette farm to William and Frances (daughter of Flanders and Jamima Callaway) Lamme before moving upriver, may also have been another statistic of the conflict that extended all along the Missouri River. Details aside in this time of heated passions and poorly recorded events, the same account of his death is also offered for Sarshall Cooper's at http://www.rootsweb.com/~mocooper/Biographical/Johnson_PP_0100_to_0149.htm

These horrible conflicts between the settlers and Native Americans always seemed to offer more than 'warfare' as we routinely think of it. Here at La Charrette settlers and Native Americans were one and the same through their extensive inter-marrying. These circumstances must have offered terrible internal family conflicts, yet I have found none reported in the local literature. Does anyone have leads to share on this question?


Blogger Connie said...

Enjoyed my visit here. Very interesting and well done.


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