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Source: Maxwell's History and Genealogy XXXX:301, citing Draper MSC 4 XX 41.
Text:William Cowan was one of Capt. Samuel Handley's party when attacked by Indians at Crab Orchard...Wm. Cowan, an uncle of Mrs. Handley, and a man of great interpidity, from a hollow tree near by shot Red Bird through the Belly---one of the 4 with tomahawks to kill Capt. H. (He was carried on a litter to Wills'g &rec'd). Some of the warriors started in pursuit of Cowan---he was swift footed & soon outstripped his pursuers.