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Daniel Boone accused of treason!
Based on a true, but little-known, episode in Daniel Boone's life, Allan Eckert's first full-length novel re-creates the legendary frontiersman's severest test---the trial for his life at Boonesborough in 1778. A captain during the Revolutionary War, Boone faces court-martial and hanging for such high crimes as betraying his command to the Indians, conspiring to surrender Boonesborough, consorting with the enemy, and accepting favors from the British. And Boone pleads guilty to all of the actions detailed in the charges against him.
But he also pleads not guilty to the charge of treason, and to the amazement of the court, he insists on defending himself--disregarding the advice of experienced legal counsel in favor of a plan only he himself knows.
Strong, seemingly irrefutable evidence is added to the prosecution's case with each witness. To a man, they corroborate the capture of Boone and his company by Shawnee Indians, Boone's preferential treatment in the Indian camp, his negotiations with the Shawnee chief and the British Commandant in Detroit to surrender Boonesborough, his suspicious conduct during the recent heavy siege of the village, and his adoption by the Shawnees.
Finally, confronted by almost certain conviction and an embittered hostile gallery of settlers who once trusted him, Boone mounts his defense.
Allan W. Eckert supports this rousing, highly suspenseful story of the famous frontier hero with a historian's attention to the facts of the trial and a novelist's sure feeling for the danger and adventure of the eighteenth-century American wilderness. Whether capturing the rough speech of a frightened settler or weighing the patience and hunter's cunning of Daniel Boone, the author commands the same narrative power that distinguishes the six books in his Winning of America series.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Publisher Jesse Stuart Foundation
ISBN 1931672334 ISBN13 9781931672337
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More About Allan W. Eckert
Allan W. Eckert is an historian, naturalist, novelist, poet, screenwriter and playwright. He is the author of thirty-nine published books, and has been nominated on seven separate occasions for the Pulitzer Prize in literature.
Allan W. Eckert lived in Corona. Allan W. Eckert was born in 1931 and died in 2011.
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The COURT-MARTIAL of Daniel Boone Dec 26, 2006
Interesting read. Not riveting as some of Eckert's other novels.But, still interesting.
Excellent Reading! Oct 8, 2006
I have read almost all of Eckert's books, and find him to be an honest writer, telling his readers if his works are fact or, in many cases, historical fiction. This particular book is absolutely spell-binding. I could not put it down once I began, and I have now read it one more time. Two times for any book is very rare for me!
I highly recommend this book...
Good reading, but it's a novel, not history Sep 7, 2006
As a novel it was very entertaining, but it is just that: a novel. My gr-gr-gr-gr-gr grandfather (Richard Wade) and two of his wife's brothers (Stephen and William Hancock) were members of the salt-making party whose capture in early 1778 led to the treason charges placed against Boone. Many of the salt-makers felt that Boone was a traitor for surrendering them to the Shawnee without a fight. William Hancock testified against Boone at the court martial. In this novel Hancock is portrayed as a liar, a fool, and a wanted thief in NY and Boston. This does not set well with me, since William Hancock was actually from Goochland Co., Va. He was a volunteer in the Revolutionary Army, a husband and father, and a life-long friend of Boone's. Both Stephen and William Hancock forgave Boone and later followed him to Missouri. According to Jemima Boone, as old men the three often sat on the porch, smoking their pipes, and argueing over whether Daniel had done the right thing. The Hancocks reckoned that they might have done the same thing, but were still angry that they never had a chance to fight. Another salt-maker,Andrew Johnson,is similarly dealt with. Since Eckert invented other characters, I see no reason why he should assassinate the characters of actual men who endured great hardship in the defense of Boonesborough. A good read, but do not take this as history. It is based on the known facts, but 90% is pure fiction.
Excellent Account of the Little-Known Trial of Daniel Boone Jan 31, 2003
This is Allan Eckert's novelization of the little-known incident of the military court-martial of that famous Kentucky frontiersman, Daniel Boone. Boone was a legend in his own time, a well respected hunter and frontier soldier and was said to be as able in the woods as any Indian.
In February 1778, Boone has been leading a party of 27 men from Fort Boonesboro who were captured by Shawnee Indians while making salt at the Blue Licks. Boone was adopted into the tribe and given the Shawnee name Sheltowee (Big Turtle) and spent several months living and hunting among the Indians before finally escaping back to Booneboro just in time to help fend off a siege of the isolated fort by the British and Indians. After the battle, Boone was accused of treason and complicity with the enemy by several of his enemies, especially Col. John Bowman, who served as prosecutor in the court martial proceedings against him. Boone shows that he can be as sly and sharp in the courtroom as he is in the wilderness.
Most people know only the myths and legends about Daniel Boone and this book does a great service by providing insight into the reality of the man, as well as presenting an intersting and riveting true story.
Fascinating Mar 30, 2000
For most of us, our knowledge of Daniel Boone begins and ends with Fess Parker's t.v. shows in the 1960's. Allan Eckert's book, The Court Martial of Daniel Boone, is based on actual facts, but is written in a captivating novel style. I found the book to be fascinating. In modern times Daniel Boone is thought of as a frontier hero. In his day, however, there were many people who were suspicious and resentful of him. Boone's court martial is an example of how an honest man, doing the right thing, can be "bushwacked" by not-so-honest rivals. If you like true stories about American frontiersmen, this book is for you.