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

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Born in 1815, archivist Lyman Draper was a tireless collector of oral history and is responsible for much of what we know about Daniel Boone. 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 concerning 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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This little volume will remain the standard for many years." — Arkansas Review

"Draper's material is as close as we'll ever get to an honest, myth-free life of Boone." — Bob Edwards in the Lexington Herald-Leader

"This is the first time this wealth of information has been organized into book form and made readily accessible to the public. Rather than a larger-than-life caricature, what eventually emerges is an affectionate, down-to-earth, immensely likable American hero." — Booklist

"Offers fascinating information, and Nathan himself seeks to sort fact from fiction." — Choice

"Must reading for Boone family genealogists, as well as for readers interested in the life of Daniel Boone.... Rich with information about the extended Boone family that has been omitted from narratives that focus on the life of Daniel Boone." — Compass: Newsletter of the Boone Society

"An invaluable source of information about Daniel Boone." — Florida Historical Review

"Whets the appetite to read more about this famous man and the times in which he lived." — Indiana Magazine of History

"Students of Daniel Boone and the early frontier should delight in My Father, Daniel Boone." — Journal of Illinois History

"Read as an illuminating recollection of Daniel Boone's life, or used to establish facts of chronology, this book is a reliable source." — Journal of Southern History

"Hammon's accomplishment is to make this vital primary source available to the reading public in an attractive, accessible book format." — Journal of the West

"Nathan Boone and his wife, Olive, dispel many half-truths and myths about the legendary pioneer." — Kentucky Living

"Few people know a father better than a son and it shows in My Father, Daniel Boone." — Kentucky Monthly

"Considered the most important source of material about Boone." — Knoxville News-Sentinel

"Nathan provides invaluable records of Boone's years in Kentucky, capture by Indians, defense of Fort Boonesboro, his hunting expeditions, and his final years in Missouri." — Library Booknotes

"This is one of the most important sources on Daniel Boone's life. It will be welcomed by readers interested in Boone and the frontier period." — Lowell Harrison, Western Kentucky University

"Nathan Boone was obviously aware that he had the opportunity to correct the historical record concerning the activities of his father." — McCormick (SC) Messenger

"An important contribution to the fields of Boone studies and the American frontier." — North Carolina Historical Review

"Offers a fascinating look at the famous pioneer from the viewpoint of his oldest son." — Publishers Association of the South Newsletter

"We can learn much about Daniel Boone, his family, and life on the frontier from this important contribution." — Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"Certainly, Daniel Boone would have remained little more than John Filson's creation had Draper not interviewed or corresponded with so many who knew Boone." — Stephen Aron, UCLA

"Brings the Draper interviews back to life in a compilation of a very interesting series of narrations that cover much of Daniel Boone's life." — Virginia Quarterly Review

"For anyone interested in life on the frontier, this book is an important addition to that understanding." — West Virginia History

"Provides access to source accounts that generations of scholars have heretofore found available only at the Society." — Wisconsin Magazine of History

"Daniel Boone was, in the early accounts, the subject of exaggeration and inaccuracies by those who chose to write about him without knowing him well. [His son] Nathan was perceptive and assiduous in trying to correct the historical record." — Steve Goddard's History Wire

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813121031
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 484,270
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Neal O. Hammon is an architect and amateur historian. He is the co-author of Virginia's Western War: 1775-1786 and numerous articles on Kentucky history.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations
Introduction 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
App. A Nathan Boone's Letter 141
App. B Family Genealogy 147
Notes 149
Bibliography 165
Index 171
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2003

    Incomplete but not forgotten...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2002

    The Real Daniel Boone

    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.

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