Governor Dinwiddie Directs Indians To Go “A Scalping” in 1757

In the spring and summer of 1757 the long expected Indian allies arrived in Virginia, as many as four hundred by May – Cherokees, Catawbas, Tuscaroras, and Nottaways. But Dinwiddie was wholly unable to use them effectively; and in order to provide amusement for them, he directed that they should go “a scalping” with the whites-“a barbarous method of war.”

(Quoted from The Conquest of the Old Southwest, published by the Century Company, New York in 1920. Chapter V by Archibald Henderson (Ph.D.))

About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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2 Responses to Governor Dinwiddie Directs Indians To Go “A Scalping” in 1757

  1. Sam says:

    I believe my grate grate grate grandpa was squire gibson or my grandmother’s grandfather would have been bascom harmon/gibson who I believe was the son of jefferson harmon and eveline Cole? If someone could help point me in the right direction on who to contact to find out if I am part of this tribe it would be greatly appreciated thanks so much sam

  2. Samantha earll says:

    I believe my great-great-great-grandfather was squire Gibson I am trying to get this figured out and find out if I can become apart of some family I belong to if anyone could contact me and point me in the right direction on how to become apart of.the tribe or.anything my grate grandpa was bascom harmon/gibson and his father was jefferson gibson and mother evaline Cole I believe Jefferson’s father was squire gibson thx for your time _sam e.

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