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Type: Video

Series Title West Virginia: A Film History

Filmmaker Mark Samels

Company West Virginia Humanities Council

Format DVD


Narrator: On the night of April 30, 1774, a group of settlers led by Daniel Greathouse, lured eight Indians to the east bank of the Ohio with the promise of free liquor. After drinking together for several hours, the whites suddenly attacked their guests.

Among the victims were the brother and sister of a Mingo leader named Logan. A baptized Christian, Logan was a friend of many whites and an outspoken advocate of peace. One fur trader called Logan “the best specimen of humanity I ever met.”

“I appeal to any white man to say if ever he entered Logan’s cabin hungry and he gave him not meat; if ever he came cold and naked and he clothed him not. In cold blood, unprovoked, men murdered all the relations of Logan, not even sparing my women and children. Who is there to mourn for Logan? Not one.” Logan

Narrator: Logan’s grief turned to rage. He led attacks against western settlements, personally killing 13 whites before returning to his village. “I have fully glutted my vengeance,” Logan declared. But violence continued.

“The country at this time is in great confusion. There have been broken up and gone off at least 500 families within one week. And I believe it has been the white people’s fault altogether.” Gilbert Simpson

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