Definitely seems out of character for Blue Jacket and Little Turtle.
William Clark and the Notorious Simon Girty
November 18, 2009 by Frances Hunter
"Girty’s stepfather was tortured, scalped, and burned at the stake, while his wife and her five sons watched in horror...
"According to Knight’s account, when he and Colonel Crawford reached the Half-King’s town on the Upper Sandusky, they were stripped naked and forced to sit on the ground, while a crowd of sixty or seventy Indians beat them with sticks and fists. Crawford was tied by his wrists to a post. The Indians took up their guns and shot powder into his naked body. The mob then cut off his ears. They built a fire six or seven yards from the post to which he was tied, and the men took turns picking up burning hickory poles and touching them to Crawford’s body, surrounding him. They also threw hot coals at him, so soon he had nothing to walk on but burning coals and ashes. In the midst of this torture, Crawford called to Girty and begged him to shoot him. Girty replied, laughing, that he had no gun...
"Girty led a force of 300 warriors against the Ohio River settlement of Dunlap’s Station in January 1791. Girty’s party killed several soldiers outside the fort, captured another, and fiercely but unsuccessfully laid siege to the fort. The captured prisoner was tortured within earshot of the fort, so the soldiers within could hear his agonized screams as flaming brands were “applied to his naked bowels” and the Indians kindled a fire on his belly...
"one of his good deeds was to save Simon Kenton from Indian tortures,..."
Kingsbury's detailed report never mentions torture, and there are conflicting descriptions...
|Abner "NJ surveyor" Hunt|