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Chief Cornstalk


Also known as Hokoleskwa, Chief Cornstalk was a tribal leader of the Shawnee Tribe of Native Americans. In 1759 Cornstalk and his migratory tribe arrived in Kerr's Creek, where they confronted and killed a number of Scotts-Irish settlers, captured others, and destroyed settlements. Cornstalk was killed in 1777 in a conflict involving soldiers at Point Pleasant. James Hull was tried in Rockbridge County for his murder.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Cornstalk, 1926-10-28

 File — Container: RHS Collections #0060 - #0076, Folder: 5
Scope and Contents This file consists of three articles written on Chief Cornstalk, and his involvement in violent raids that occured in Rockbridge County, as well as his death at the hands of a soldier, Jacob Hull, in 1777 in Point Pleasant. Cornstalk led battles during Pontiac's Raid.
Dates: 1926-10-28; 1935-02

Native Americans

 Collection — Container: RHS Collections #0060 - #0076
Identifier: RHS-Coll-0062
Scope and Contents This collection consists of files containing newspaper articles, history essays and writing, and photographs concerning Native American land, battles with colonial settlers, prominent figures, and forts in Rockbridge County. Many materials describe the Shawnee Tribe and their presence and relationship with settlers in Kerrs Creek, Abbs' Valley, Balcony Falls, and Hayes Creek Mound. Some materials concern the death of Chief Cornstalk, also known as Hokoleskwa, and the Kerrs Creek Massacre.
Dates: 1872 - 1988