Murder at Killbuck Island

Murder at Killbuck Island
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Revolutionary Pennsylvania Series

One Sunday in 1782, white vigilantes suddenly appeared at a camp of Delaware Indians on an island in the Allegheny River near Fort Pitt in western Pennsylvania. Guns blazing, they attacked, killing several Indians and neutralizing U.S. soldiers assigned to guard them.

These Delawares were active allies of the American army. Two held the rank of captain, and others had served as scouts. The chief, Colonel Killbuck, escaped by swimming.

The title of John L. Moore’s nonfiction book, “Murder at Killbuck Island,” comes from the true story of these killings. It is among the most obscure of the many unprovoked attacks that Native Americans suffered at the hands of white people.

The book is the fifth in Moore’s ongoing Revolutionary Pennsylvania Series. The account of the attack on Killbuck’s camp is one of seven dealing with various aspects of the Revolutionary War. Others tell how:

  • Church bells rang to signal Benjamin Franklin’s return from London in May 1775. Hundreds of Philadelphians rode out to meet John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and John Adams, coming from Massachusetts to attend the Continental Congress.
  • Pennsylvania soldiers mutinied in their winter camp at Morristown, N.J., in January 1781. Ten months later, they were in the American army’s front lines at Yorktown, Va. 
  • A wealthy landowner on the Susquehanna River’s West Branch wanted Hessian POWs to build a stone fort to replace a wooden defense burned by pro-British Indians.
  • Pennsylvania militia officers confiscated the guns of Loyalists, then redistributed them to soldiers marching off the fight the British.
  • Tories in Buck County robbed tax collectors whose revenues financed the local militia. After the war, several fled to Canada. At least two were hanged.


John L. Moore of Northumberland is a writer and storyteller whose subjects deal with real people and actual events in Pennsylvania history.

The volume is the author’s thirteenth nonfiction book. Sunbury Press previously published the eight nonfiction books in Moore’s Frontier Pennsylvania Series and four other volumes in his Revolutionary Pennsylvania Series.

A professional storyteller, Moore specializes in historically accurate stories about early Pennsylvanians. Wearing 18th century-style clothing, he often appears in the persona of Susquehanna Jack.

For information about the author’s storytelling programs and books, please contact:

John L. Moore  552 Queen Street, Northumberland, Pa. 17857. Telephone (570) 473-9803

by John L. Moore
Trade paperback - 5 x 8 x .3
128 Pages w/illustrations and maps
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic
HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
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