Basil Wilson Duke, CSA: The Right Man in the Right Place

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University Press of Kentucky, Nov 4, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 358 pages
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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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Contents

1 The Right Man in the Right Place
1
2 The Bluegrass
7
3 Missouri
20
4 On the Green River
36
5 Shiloh the End of Innocence
49
6 Partners in Command
65
7 All the Kentuckians Wanted to Ride
86
8 December Battles
104
13 We Looked at Each Other in Amazement
193
14 To Perpetuate His Fame
208
15 My Prospects in That Line Were Not Brilliant
221
16 Salmagundi
234
17 A Distinctively Southern Magazine
248
18 Politics and Panic
262
19 At the Turn of the Century
279
20 The Disappointments of Life Should Seem Trivial
294

9 We Found Pies Hot from the Oven
122
10 The Boys Were Sorry That Duke Was Captured
141
11 A Convivial Evening in Philadelphia
160
12 The Glory and Chivalry Seemed Gone
175
Notes
306
Bibliography
333
Index
347
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About the author (2005)

Gary Robert Matthews is a freelance writer in Lexington, Kentucky.

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