Evan Shelby commanded 350 and Col. Montgomery 150
men, on the Chickamauga expedition. Their pilot was named
Hudson. The boats turned up the Chickamauga Creek ;
near the mouth of a branch an Indian was taken prisoner.
With him as their guide, the troops waded out through an inundated
cane-break, and entered Chickamauga, a town nearly
one mile long ; Dragging Canoe and Big Fool were its
chiefs. The Indians, five hundred in number, astonished at
the sudden invasion of their towns by an armament by
water, made no resistance and fled into the mountains. The
town was burned. John McCrosky, late of Sevier county,
took a party and followed the flying Indians across the river,
and dispersed a camp of them which he found on Laurel
Creek. Another party took Little Owl's Town, and others
were in like manner taken and burnt. Besides the other
spoils, Shelby took 150 horses, 100 cattle and great quantities
of deer skins, owned in part by a trader named McDonald.
These were all sold at vendue. Isaac and all the other sons
of Col. Evan Shelby, were out on this campaign.