Sunday, November 30, 2008

Catawha Native American History!

Catawba Native American History!

Extracted from: "A History of the Upper Country of
South Carolina, Vol. II"
By John H. Logan. orig. Pub. 1910, and p14-17:
Joseph Habersham. Historical Collections.

(Pg17)A tragedy deeper than ever described followed. In the

Catawba council the six captives were sentenced to death by

whipping. As all work but hunting and war was assigned to the

women, so he women on this dreadful occasion were appointed the

executioners. One after another the captives were pinioned by

one hand to a stake. The victim was furnished with a small

(-----?) containing pebbles. So soon as the lash was applied, he

commenced rattling his gourd, and chanting his death song. Life

lasted under this flagellation from sun-rise to sun-set. When

the sixth Shawnee was tied to the stake, and the female furies

were about to commence their infernal operation, a beautiful

Catawba girl named Bettie rushed in to his rescue. She said she

loved him, and claimed him for her husband. The occurrence

struck all present forcibly. A council was immediately called to

determine on what was proper to be done on an occasion so novel -

and interesting. The council said that in an ordinary case the

claim of Betty would have all its effect, but the crime charged

on the prisoner, the killing of the King, was altogether

unpardonable. They decided the sentence of death should be

forthwith executed. The executioners were about addressing

themselves to the work of death. Betty rushed in a second time,

and with a hatchet clove his skull, and he fell dead instantly.

She declared aloud that if she could not have him for her

husband, the nation should not have the satisfaction of seeing

his bleeding body torn by the scourge. Betty afterwards married

an Indian of the name of Jackson; but in her extreme old age,

when her beloved Shawnee was alluded to, she said with great

feeling that she "loved him too much." Such is the inexhaustible

wealth of the genuine female heart

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