Long Run Massacre

In September 1781, settlers at Squire Boone's Station, in present-day Shelby County, alarmed by indications of an impending Indian attack, decided to retreat to the safety of the stations along Beargrass Creek closer to Louisville.  On September 15, 1781, as the settlers and their militia escort approached the Long Run tributary to Floyds Fork, they were ambushed by Indians under the command of British Captain Alexander McKee. 

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Seven settlers were killed, including some women, before the Indians were driven off.  The incident became known as the Long Run Massacre.  The next day John Floyd gathered together 26 militia and volunteers to return to the site of the massacre, bury the dead and pursue the Indians.   Their pursuit led them to a place near present-day Eastwood there a few Indians, Acting as decoys, led Floyd and his party into an ambush.  Seventeen of Floyds men were killed.

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Civil War skirmish on Shelbyville Pike

Abraham Lincoln killed by Indians

Purchase of Floyds Fork

Long Run Massacre

last Indian massacre

electric railroad line established