Meemkekak — Great Shawnee Town
Excerpted From I Hear Music — The Mary Ruth Tolbert Story
By Robert W. Butche
Copyright 2015 Greenbrier House Publishing
All Rights Reserved
A Time To Live, A Time To Die
In the pre-dawn mist – Saturday, October 8th, 1774 – the first battle
of the American revolution was launched from Mount Oval Hill
when as many as 1000 Indians led by Chiefs Cornstalk, Nonhelema and Logan, departed Great Shawnee Town to ambush Governor Dunmore’s Virginia militia at Point Pleasant.
The Shawnee may have won the battle but they lost the war.
For, upon Mount Oval Hill, and the Villages of Meemkekak,
America’s prairie Indians were made to give up their land, their culture and their lives to wealth-seeking European settlers under threat of
4000 armed troops encamped along Sippo and Congo creeks.
This is where our nation’s aspirations for Independence
swung from peaceful to violent during
The Memorable October of 1774.