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Joseph Doddridge on hunting camps.

 
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 8:03 am    Post subject: Joseph Doddridge on hunting camps. Reply with quote

A hunting camp, or what was called a half-faced cabin, was of the following form: the back part of it was sometimes a large log; at the distance of eight or ten feet from this two stakes were set in the ground a few inches apart, and at a distance of eight or ten feet from these two more, to receive the ends of the poles for the sides of the camp. The whole slope of the roof was from the front to the back. The covering was made of slabs, skins or blankets, or, if in the spring of the year, the bark of hickory or ash trees. The front was left entirely open. The fire was built directly before this opening. The cracks of the logs were filled with moss. Dry leaves served as a bed.
A little more pains would have made a hunting camp a defense against the Indians. A cabin ten feet square, bullet proof and furnished with port holes, would have enabled two or three hunters to hold twenty Indians at bay for any length of time. But this precaution was never attended to; hence the hunters were often surprised and killed in their camps.
Joseph Doddrodge
Notes on the Settlement and Indian Wars

Sorry for the long post. I just thought this was kinda interesting.
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom,

As always, your posts are enlightening, and a pleasure to read.

thanks! & cheers,
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you. I appreciate that very much.
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The site for the camp was selected with all the sagacity of the woodsman, so as to have it sheltered by the surrounding hills from every wind, but more especially from those of the north and west.

An uncle of mine, of the name of Samuel Teter, occupied the same camp for several years in succession. It was situated on one of the southern branches of Cross Creek. Although I lived for many years not more than fifteen miles from the place, it was not till within a very few years ago that I discovered its situation. It was shown me by a gentleman living in the neighborhood. Viewing the hills round about it I soon perceived the sagacity of the hunter in the site for his camp. Not a wind could touch him; and unless by the report of his gun or the sound of his axe, it would have been by mere accident if an Indian had discovered his concealment
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Joseph Doddridge
Early Settlement and Indian Wars of Western Virginia and Pennsylvania
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah Bruce. HE'S BACK!!!!!! Lordy I've missed your quotes so much that I've started posting a few. I see you too have a copy of Doddridge's notes. Welcome back.
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