Memorial to Major William Oliver



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took the grand round, to know the cause of alarm, all was still & quiet,
no enemy  to be seen, soon the lulling cry of all, well, would be heard —
The signal for the soldiers to resume their blankets - again & again,
during the night was the same scenes reenacted. In the morning it was
found that Indians had indeed been entirely around our encampment, -
A small party of volunteers were immediately organized under Logan
the Indian Chief who after-ward became very distinguished in our
little Army — The enemy were pursued & overtaken, one of the hostile
Indians killed & our men returned safely to camp — each moment increased
the deep interest & excitement of the day. Our scouts returned from an
excursion to-ward the Ft. reported the Indians in great numbers
& the Fort certainly beseiged. The anxiety of the Genl. for the
safety of the Garrison became intense knowing the fortifications
not to be strong - He resolved on sending an express to inform
the Garrison that relief was at hand, — but who was to perform
this desperate service who, to be found ready to offer up his
life, a sacrifice to his country's good, - Two, noble spirits
stepped forward ready to do or die — Logan the Indian Chief &
young Oliver volunteered their services — They were well known
to each other, & each knew how to appreciate the sturn stuff of
which the other was composed. - They were both familiar with the
country, & to Logan the most of the hostile Indians were personally
known, he also could speak their language which made the undertaking
totally less hazardous to him, than to our departed friend - who was
not un-acquainted with the Indian enemies language, - making death
inevit-able, should he be stopped in his attempt to pass through the
hostile Army  - Logan Painted himself & young friend as the Warriors
of the enemy were painted. They mounted first rate horses & started
with firm resolve to achieve their object or perish in the attempt,
they moved on steadily, but cautiously occasionally encountering
parties of the enemy, who took them for warriors of their own
party, going on to the general rendezvous at Ft. Wayne. -