The Buffalo Knife Author:William O. Steele When Andy Clark's family and their neighbors, the Brown's, decided to travel a thousand miles by flatboat down the Tennessee River on the dangerous voyage to the French Salt Lick, it should have seemed exciting enough for any mine-year-old boy. Instead, Andy longed to go on the overland trail with Uncle Az who was a Long Hunter and had just pre... more »sented him with a buffalo hunting knife.
In the weeks that followed, however, Andy and the neighbor's boy, Isaac Brown, found that life aboard the flatboat had plenty of excitement to offer. There was the day the Chickamauga Indians attacked the flatboat, and the terrifying night when the boat ran aground and Indians tried to set fire to it with flaming arrows. Just as dangerous were the miles of rapids, crosscurrents,and rocks at Muscle Shoals. By the end of the voyage, Andy has proved his courage and truly earned the right to own a buffalo hunting knife.« less