MIKE FINK AND NATIVE AMERICAN ENEMIES REST UNDER COLD CALHOUN SOD - Milo Incident Happened Over 237 Years Ago

(05/07/2022)

The burial ground of Mike Fink and unknown Native American,
who killed each other at this spot on Milo Road over 237 years ago

By Bob Weaver

The story was an oft told tale passed down in southern Calhoun, perhaps the oldest repeated story in the region.

The earliest written account of the deaths of Mike Fink and unknown Native American were by Col. D. S. Dewees (1821-1905) in his "Recollections of a Lifetime"

"These two adventurers, seeking a new country, conquesting for hunters and backwoodsman's paradise, when a small party of Indians in quest of revenge, seeking to strike a blow upon the usurper of their homes and hunting grounds...coming unexpectedly together, the Indians firing upon Fink, who together with O'Brien retreated up the branch (Fink Fork), wounded Fink in the heel, whose wound becoming so painful against they reached the low gap, that he advised O'Brien to seek his own safety, and leave him to his fate...He dispatched one of them (an Indian), which he in return was laid low in death...O'Brien in a few days returning with others, found the two common enemies cold in death's embrace, whereupon they were buried by O'Brien."

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