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A complete issue of the Niles Weekly register, August 31, 1816, 16pp., disbound, VG. From the interior and running 1/2 page is the report of the taking of the Negro Fort. In large part, “Our readers no doubt recollect, that a few weeks back. Major M'lntosh, a chief of the Creek nation marched at the head of 500 Indians, for the purpose of destroying a fort on the bay of Appalachicola, where an abominable host of Indians and negroes had collected, who were in the habit of plundering and committing depredations on all that came in their way. In this fort, it is believed, nearly 1000 negroes had taken refuge from their masters. M'lntosh has succeeded in destroying them, after 2 or 3 days hard fighting. Our informant, a gentleman immediately from Mobile, observes, that the negroes made a sortie on the Indians under M'lntosh, on the second morning of their besieging the fort, when a direful conflict ensued—the tomahawk and scalping knife (so close was the engagement) where the only weapons used, the negroes however, were driven into the fort, and on the following day, cooperating with M'lntosh, an American gun-boat getting a favorable position, succeeded in throwing a hot ball into the fort, which blew it up ...After the proper elevation of the gun had been asoertained by three or four discharges, a hot shot was fired, which penetrating one of the three magazines, containing 10" barrels of powder, created a dreadful explosion, which our informant supposes must have killed more than 100—the others were taken prisoners without further resistance. ...”
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Destroying the Negro Fort

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