Outrage on Kentucky River


A Boat Fired Into and Another Overhauled.

The steamer Trio, a Louisville and Kentucky  river packet was fired into on Saturday night at Burns's Landing on the Kentucky river. One cabin boy was peppered, and a shot passed through Captain Tom Claxon's hat, he being the pilot of the boat. It appears that two distinguished citizens of Lexington sent word to Owen county that boats were engaged to carry arms and munitions of war to Frankfort for Camp Robinson, whereupon there gathered some three or four hundred secessionists, and proceeded to the river bank to intercept the boat.

After the boat was fired into and rounded to the clerk proceeded to the camp and was there met by Col. Lee, who assured him that the firing was against orders. After some further conversation, a Captain was sent down to the boat to examine its freight, and if nothing was found on board offensive to them it might proceed. Later news reports that soon after the Trio left on her return trip, the steamer Dove, on its way to Frankfort, was overhauled by the Secession mob, and detained several hours at Monterey, ere it was permitted to go to Frankfort.
So the Secession pronouncement has gone forth that all boats going up the Kentucky river must hereafter undergo a search the mob. The lawful pursuit of men is to be supervised by a mob of God—defying, law—resisting scoundrels. This too is a body of men who organized at the instance of distinguished citizens of Lexington —organized in defiance of law, and to resist law. We trust they will see their folly and folly and go quietly to their homes, or that they will be met with authority sufficient to command their attention and respect.


Louisville Democrat , reprinted in the Vincennes Gazette, September 7, 1861