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Three Kentucky Tragedies

Three Kentucky Tragedies

Richard Taylor
Phyllis MacAdam General Editor
Copyright Date: 1991
Pages: 64
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt2jcp25
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    Three Kentucky Tragedies
    Book Description:

    " Here are three tragedies from early Kentucky history: the defeat of a small army of Kentuckians by Indians at Blue Licks in 1782, the murder of a slave by two of Thomas Jefferson's nephews in western Kentucky in 1807, and the bizarre Beauchamp-Sharp murder in Frankfort in 1825. Taylor mixes history with good storytelling and a look at how human shortcomings sometimes lead to ruin.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-3635-6
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. v-v)
    Virginia G. Smith

    The New Books for New Readers project was made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Kentucky Humanities Council, the Scripps-Howard Foundation throughThe Kentucky Post, and Financial Women International. The co-sponsorship and continuing assistance of the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives and the Kentucky Literacy Commission have been essential to our undertaking. We are also grateful for the advice and support provided to us by the University Press of Kentucky. All these agencies share our commitment to the important role that reading books should play in the lives of the people of our state,...

  4. Preface
    (pp. vi-vi)
  5. Acknowledgments
    (pp. vii-viii)
  6. The Beauchamp-Sharp Tragedy
    (pp. 1-17)

    Jeroboam Beauchamp kissed his wife Ann good-bye, saying he would be home in a few days. He climbed onto his horse and set out for Frankfort to kill Solomon Sharp. The time was early November of 1825. He left the Green River country of Western Kentucky and rode northeast toward the state capital. There he knew he would find Solomon Sharp, the man he must kill. When he came to the main road, he put a red bandanna over his head to hide his face.

    Jeroboam and his wife lived on a farm in Simpson County. The trip to Frankfort...

  7. A Frontier Tragedy
    (pp. 18-37)

    In 1807 Colonel Charles Lewis of Virginia and his sons made the most important decision of their lives. They decided to move their family to Kentucky to make a new start. The Lewises had been one of the richest families in Virginia. But in the years after the American Revolution, they had trouble making a living.

    The first Lewis had come to Virginia from Wales in 1645. He became rich growing tobacco. His sons and daughters had married other well-to-do people. Charles himself had married Lucy Jefferson, the sister of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson, who became third president of the United...

  8. The Battle of Blue Licks
    (pp. 38-71)

    On the night of August 15, 1782, a party of British and Indians surrounded the tiny settlement of Bryan’s Station five miles north of Lexington, Kentucky. They had crossed the Ohio at the mouth of the Licking River and followed the buffalo trail south. No one knew they were coming, and they gave no warning. Sixty or so British rangers were led by Captain William Caldwell. The Indians, several hundred of them, were Wyandots. With them was Simon Girty, the most hated man in Kentucky. As a teenager, Girty had been captured by the Indians. He had learned their language...