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
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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