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The Huntsville Daily Times
The Huntsville Daily Times
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Description: Honor Memory Washington's Boyhood Friend

Date: June 11 1915

Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL

Source: Library

Page/Column: Page 1, Column 5

(Special to The Daily Times)
Upper Sandusky, O., June 11 The 133d anniversary of the torturing and burning of Col. William Crawford, friend and boyhood companion of George Washington, is being observed by residents of this section today in a gathering at the monument to his memory erected some years ago by popular subscription. It was at the hands of the Indians, against whom he had been sent in the troublesome days that followed the Revolutionary War, that Col. Crawford came to his frightful death. The burning of Col. Crawford is an historic event in Ohio, and each year his memory is honored at special services.
Col. William Crawford was an intimate friend of Washington. They were boys together. Crawfords old home being in the Fairfax grant in Virginia. Washington was surveying in that region when they first met. When Crawford was commissioned captain of a company of Virginia rifle men and later removed to Pennsylvania, he kept up a correspondence with Washington and acted as land agent for him. In 1770, they voyaged together down the Ohio River, exploring with a view to ultimate purchase of lands.
When the Revolutionary War broke out, Crawford was made a lieutenant colonel of the Virginia line. Later he was made a colonel and commanded his regiment in the battles on Long Island, in the retreat through New Jersey, crossing the Delaware with Washington, Christmas Day, 1776, and in the battle of Princeton.
After the war, an expedition was organized in Pennsylvania to wipe out the bands of blood-thirsty Indians who were committing all sorts of depredations and crimes. Men, women and children had been murdered by the Indians, and the call for vengeance brought out a large force. Col. Crawford was chosen to lead the expedition. On May 25, 1782, the march was begun over the rough road ways and through the forests to the Indian towns at Upper Sandusky. On June 5, the Pennsylvanians encountered the Indians a few miles north of this town and the memorable battle of Rattle Island ensued. After the battle, it was found that Colonel Crawford, Dr. Knight and one of the guides was missing.
For four days Col. Crawford and Dr. Knight were paraded about by the savages and were obliged to submit to terrible tortures. June 11 was set for the Colonels death and savages gathered from many neighboring bands for the event. Simon Girty, a white man, who lived among the Indians and who at one time was a close friend of Col. Crawford, was present when the execution occurred, and although he exerted great influence, it was said that he refused to render the doomed commander any assistance whatever. Dr. Knight who was an eye witness and was doomed to undergo a similar burning at the stake the following day, managed to escape.

Submitted: 07/19/12 (Edited 07/19/12)

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