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Spratt was a friend of the Catawbas, negotiating the leasing of Indian land to other Europeans and fighting alongside the Catawba braves against their blood enemies, the Shawnees. He received his nickname “Kanawha” from the Kanawha River which
empties into the Ohio at Point Pleasant, in present day West Virginia. It was here that he took part in a battle, just before the American Revolution, where the Shawnees were defeated by soldiers and their Indian allies from Virginia and the Carolinas.
Years later, Spratt was an officer in the American Army and fought against Lord Cornwallis when he invaded North Carolina. Throughout his life he was a friend and agent for the Catawba Indians, remaining fast friends with the chiefs and their people.
King Haigler was the greatest of the Chiefs of the Catawbas and the only one ever called “King.” He presided over his tribe from 1749 to 1763 when he was ambushed and killed by a party of Shawnees. This was during a time of great trouble for the Catawbas as the Shawnees and other Northern tribes as well as the Cherokee were raiding and killing his people. It was also a time when European settlers were moving into the back country of the Carolinas and life was changing for the original inhabitants. King Haigler allied himself with the new settlers and proved to be great friend of the Europeans. He wisely negotiated a number of treaties with both North and South Carolina guaranteeing safety and support for his people and protection for the settlers. He negotiated a settlement with the Governors of North and South Carolina resulting in their granting 225 square miles to the Catawbas and placing this land in the colony of South Carolina. His braves fought alongside the English against the French and Indians and later took the American side in our Revolution.