Troop 868 in Action

Nathan McClure Trail (February, 2000)

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Around the time the Revolutionary War was being fought and our Constitution was being written, pioneer settlers were moving westward from Virginia into the area which is now the state of Kentucky.  At that time, this land was all part of Virginia.   The primary wagon route through the mountains was via the Cumberland Gap.  For safety, bands of pioneers would travel in wagon trains, driving herds of livestock before them.  On one such journey, a patrol of soldiers from the Virginia Militia was assigned to accompany and escort the group.  Having successfully passed through the gap and into Kentucky, the settlers had made camp for the evening.  While they slept, a band of Cherokee Indians raided their camp, set their livestock loose, and stole most of their horses.  Native Americans were not anxious for white men to settle this area, and they probably thought that taking the horses would leave the settlers with no way to pull their wagons and force them to turn back.   The commander of the militia unit, a young Lt.Nathan McClure, had other ideas, however.  He rousted his troops, rounded up the remaining horses, and chased after the indians while the settlers gathered the livestock.  In the battle which followed, Lt. McClure's men were victorious and succeeded in recovering the stolen horses.  Unfortunately, Lt. McClure was fatally wounded and died before they could get him back to camp.  He is buried in what is now the Daniel Boone National Forest alongside a hiking trail which is named in his honor.

               

Clad in ponchos for protection from a light drizzle, scouts make ready to hit the trial!
There's nothing quite like a stop for fast food on a long drive home ...