The dead were scalped by the Indians, and the
chieftain, Monacawache, bore a scalp and a hatchet to each of the tribes of the Miamis, inviting their great war-chiefs and braves to go hand in hand with the Six Nations and the English
was looking wistfully for aid from the banks of the Muskingum
, the Miami
, and the Wabash
, from Maryland
, and from all the six provinces to which appeals had been made, no relief arrived.
An independent company came, indeed, from South Carolina
; but its captain, proud of his commission from the king, weakened the little army by wrangling for precedence over the provincial commander of the Virginia
regiment; and it is the sober judgment of the well-informed,1
that, if Washington
had remained undisputed chief, the defeat that followed would have been avoided.
While he, with his Virginians
, constructed a road for about thirteen miles through the gorge in the mountains to Gist
's settlement, and a party was clearing a path as far as the mouth of the Redstone, the Half-King
saw with anger that the independent company remained in idleness at Great Meadows ‘from one full moon to the other;’2
and, foreboding evil, he removed his wife and children to a place of safety.
The numbers of the French
were constantly increasing.
, whom so many colonies had been vainly solicited to succor, was, on the first day of July, compelled to fall back upon Fort Necessity
, the rude stockade at Great Meadows.
The royal troops had done nothing to make it tenable.
The little intrenchment was in a glade between two eminences