My Father, Daniel Boone: The Draper Interviews with Nathan Boone

My Father, Daniel Boone: The Draper Interviews with Nathan Boone

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by Neal O. Hammon, Nelson L. Dawson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813121035

ISBN-13: 9780813121031

Pub. Date: 04/28/1999

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

One of the most famous figures of the American frontier, Daniel Boone clashed with the Shawnee and sought to exploit the riches of a newly settled region. Despite Boone's fame, his life remains wrapped in mystery.The Boone legend, which began with the publication of John Filson's The Adventures of Col. Daniel Boone and continued through modern times with Fess

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One of the most famous figures of the American frontier, Daniel Boone clashed with the Shawnee and sought to exploit the riches of a newly settled region. Despite Boone's fame, his life remains wrapped in mystery.The Boone legend, which began with the publication of John Filson's The Adventures of Col. Daniel Boone and continued through modern times with Fess Parker's Daniel Boone television series, has become a hopeless mix of fact and fiction. Born in 1819, archivist Lyman Draper was a tireless collector of oral history and is responsible for much of what we do know about Boone. Particularly interested in frontier history, Draper conducted interviews with the famous and the obscure and collected thousands of manuscripts (he walked hundreds of miles through the South to save historical materials during the Civil War). In an 1851 visit with Boone's youngest son, Nathan, and Nathan's wife, Olive, Draper produced over three hundred pages of notes that became the most important source of information about Daniel. The interviews provide a wealth of accurate, first-hand information about Boone's years in Kentucky, his capture by Indians, his defense of Fort Boonesboro, his lengthy hunting expeditions, and his final years in Missouri. My Father, Daniel Boone is an engaging account of one of America's great pioneers, in which Nathan makes a point of separating fact from fiction. From explaining the methods his father used to track game to detailing how land speculation and legal problems from title claims caused Boone to leave Kentucky and take up residence farther west, Nathan Boone's portrait of his father brings a crucial period in frontier history to life.

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ISBN-13:
9780813121031
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations viii

Preface ix

Genealogy of the Boone Family xii

Introduction Nelson L. Dawson 1

1 His Early Life 9

2 The Hunter 23

3 To Kentucky 39

4 Captured by Indians 53

5 Siege of Boonesboro 65

6 Bryan's Station and the Blue Licks Defeat 75

7 Point Pleasant 87

8 Back to Kentucky 101

9 To Missouri 107

10 Hunting in Missouri 119

11 The War of 1812 129

12 The Last Years 135

Appendix A Nathan Boone's Letter 141

Appendix B Family Genealogy 147

Postscript 149

Notes 153

Bibliography 169

Index 175

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My Father, Daniel Boone: The Draper Interviews with Nathan Boone 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As with Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings, the true stories are always shrouded in myth and fact. My paternal great grandmother, Mollie Boone-Fisher-Love, was the illegitimate daughter to Nathan Boone, as the story has been told in my family for 5 generations. However, it just goes to show you that even our most famous heroes of the past were still ordinary men who did extraordinary things. I have no doubt in my mind that this is true, just by looking at the photographs of Daniel Boone...The similarities are astounding, especially the eyes... My grandfather, Thomas Boone-Love, was a soldier in WWI, and my dad, Frank Fisher-Love was in WWII, both crossing the 'color line' as many African Americans at the turn of the century that are still living could attest to. I'm sure this is but one story, passed down to generation to generation, and I'm sure there are many more.. I just happen to have knowledge of mine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the next best thing to talking to Daniel Boone himself. If you want to discover what life was actually like for America's most "well known" "Long Hunter", this is the source. Nathan's father, Daniel Boone, comes alive in this priceless, knowledgely conducted, recorded interview by Lyman Draper (who became the founding president of The Wisconsin Historical Society) during his several days stay with Daniel's youngest son and his wife in 1851. The reader becomes ensnared in this simple telling of Daniel Boone's lifetime of adventure, hardship, discovery and accomplishment. Once "trapped", the book is hard to put down. We owe a debt of gratitude to the editor Neal O. Hammon who discovered this interview in The Wisconsin Historical Society's archives and developed it into an illuminating publication.