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Profile of Captain William Whiteside, History of Belleville.

 
"With the coming of 1793 came more contention and alarm, but the little settlements had been strengthened at this time by the arrival of some settlers from Kentucky.  Among them was a family named Whiteside, whose descendents still live hereabouts.  The Whiteside men and others, totaling fourteen persons, made an attack upon an encampment of Indians, far outnumbering them, at the foot of the Bluffs.  In this skirmish Captain William Whiteside was wounded mortally, he thought.  As he fell, he exhorted his sons to fight on and not to yield an inch of ground, nor to let the Indians touch his body.  His son, Uel Whiteside, with a bullet wound in the arm and unable to use his rifle, examined his father's wound and found that the ball glancing along the ribs, had lodged against the spine.  With great presence of mind, so characteristic of our backwoodsmen, he whipped out his knife, gashed the skin, extracted the ball and holding it up excitedly exclaimed, "Father, you are not going to die."  The old man instantly jumped to his feet and renewed the fight shouting, "Come on boys, I can fight them yet."  Only one Indian ever returned to tell his people about their defeat.   Dick Waddell having been struck on the head with a tomahawk and having been scalped and left for dead, later recovered.  He, too, has descendents in this area."
 

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