Micajah “Big” Harpe (1768? – August 1799) and Wiley “Little” Harpe (c1770? – January 1804) were outlaws who operated in Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois, in the late 18th century. Their crimes appear to have been motivated more by blood lust than financial gain, and some historians have…
As young men, the Harpes lived with renegade Creek and Cherokee Indians, who committed atrocities against both white settlers and against their own tribes.
I’m not familiar with these men (going to get familiar tho) but I know a little about 5 tribes politics. “Renegade” is such a loose term for these divisions, I think I know exactly which group of Creeks they would have been associated with just from the word “renegade”. By and large, if you were not on the side of the white man you were “renegade” and history was rewritten to reflect that and all were painted with the same broad brush.
There was A LOT of murder going on during this time. Another example of political/racial tensions spilling over into a rampage is the Rufus Buck Gang. For 13 days they waged war. They were sort of spurred on by tension in Indian Territory but their crimes show just a. …lust for blood and their victims were often either Native or black or both.