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Crumbs from the Cracker Barrel

June 25, 2003

Based on skeletal remains, it is believed that in the 1730s the Catawbas and Delaware tribes engaged in a violent battle on the Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg. Finds from throughout the area signify a substantial Indian presence. Tomahawks, skinning knives, arrowheads, and pottery of superior quality are some of the items unearthed. A cave southeast of Sharpsburg is thought to have been used as a dwelling and burial site. It was near Antietam Furnace, site of an Indian burial ground, that tradition indicates the Catawbas defeated the Delawares totally destroying the tribe.

- From the Cracker Barrel

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