Daniel Boone and the Defeat at Blue Licks


Book: Daniel Boone and the Defeat at Blue Licks

Author: Neal O. Hammon

Cover Illustrator: Samuel J. Gross

Publisher: The Boone Society Inc., 2005


Related website(s): http://www.boonesociety.com (publisher)

Language level: 3 (a small amount of cursing in historical quotations)

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Teens and adults

Rating: ***** 5 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Category: Biography

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Hammon, Neal O.  Daniel Boone and the Defeat at Blue Licks (Published in 2005 by The Boone Society Inc., P. O. Box 1187, Hendersonville, TN  37077).  When I was growing up, I had an aunt and her family who lived at Piqua, KY, near Mt. Olivet in Robertson County.  One day when we were visiting with them, they took us on a picnic at Blue Licks Battlefield State Park which was just down the road from their house.  The Blue Licks Battlefield State Park, on U.S. Route 68 between Paris and Maysville, just outside the town of Blue Licks Springs, commemorates the Blue Licks battle site.  The Battle of Blue Licks, fought on August 19, 1782, was one of the last battles of the American Revolutionary War. The battle occurred ten months after Lord Cornwallis’s surrender at Yorktown, which had effectively ended the war in the east.

     On a hill next to the Licking River in what is now Robertson County, Kentucky (then Fayette County, Virginia), a force of about 50 Loyalists along with 300 American Indians ambushed and routed 182 Kentucky militiamen. It was the last victory for the Loyalists and Indians during the frontier war.   If anyone is familiar with or has even heard of Blue Licks and always wondered how and where the battle evolved, this book answers that.  The Boone Society Inc. is an association of descendants, genealogists, historians, and anyone interested in the life and times of the family (parents, siblings, children) of famed frontiersman, Daniel Boone. The Boone Society made it possible for author Neal O. Hammon to put the events of the battle on to paper.  

     Hammon’s hobby of historical research has resulted in numerous magazine articles and several other books, including My Father, Daniel Boone in 1999, which he edited from Lyman C. Draper’s interviews with Boone’s son, Nathan.  Hammon, a native of Louisville and sixth-generation Kentuckian, is considered an expert in information on land claims in Kentucky.  In five chapters, Boone and the Defeat At Blue Licks discusses the conditions that made possible, the events leading up to, an actual description of, and the aftermath of the Battle of Blue Licks with emphasis on the role of Daniel Boone in it.  The book includes 33 appendices of historical quotes, a bibliography, and index.

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