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LINN, William, pioneer, died near Louisville, Kentucky, in March, 1781. In the winter of 1776-'7, with George Gibson, he undertook a voyage in barges from Pittsburg to New Orleans for military supplies. He joined General George Rogers Clark's forces in 1778, commanding a company, and participating in the capture of Forts Kaskaskia, Cahokia, and Vincennes. On the discharge of some enlisted troops, who desired to return, they were placed in charge of Colonel Linn, whom General Clark instructed to take command at the Falls of Ohio, and Linn at once began the construction of a new stockade port on the Kentucky shore at what is now the foot of 12th street, Louisville. In July, 1780, General Clark led two regiments of Kentucky volunteers against Chillicothe and Piqua towns, one in command of Colonel Benjamin Logan, and the other of Colonel Linn. Linn's station was one of the six or seven on Beargrass creek as early as 1779-'80, and was about ten miles from Louisville. In March, 1781, Colonel Linn and three neighbors and comrades were suddenly slain there by a raiding band of savages from across the Ohio.
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