The Last of the Boatmen [in The Western Souvenir]

TitleThe Last of the Boatmen [in The Western Souvenir]
Year of Publication1828
Publication TypeShort Stories
Number of Pages or Episodes324 p.
LanguageEnglish
AuthorsN.,
PublisherN. & G. Guilford
CityCincinnati
Keywordsboatmen; flatboats; keelboats; Mike Fink (c. 1770/80-1823); Native Americans
Abstract

The first known literary work about Mike Fink (c. 1770/80-1823), a semi-legendary brawler and river boatman.

Notes

N. is a pseudonym of Morgan Neville (1873-1839).

The author claimed that Mike Fink was “an old acquaintance, familiarly known to me from my boyhood.”

Author Biography

Morgan Neville (1783-1839), born in Pittsburgh and educated at the Pittsburgh Academy (now the University of Pittsburgh), was an attorney and author. Neville was briefly a part owner of the Pittsburgh Gazette (now the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) and served as sheriff of Allegheny County from 1819 through 1822. He died in Cincinnati.

Time

1790s-1820s