I'm the third son of a Virginia land owner who receives his commission as an infantry Lieutenant in 1787. I spend the next 11 years in the Nortwest Territory and witness Harmar's defeat in 1788, St. Clair's defeat in 1790, and finally Wayne's victory at Fallen Timbers in 1794. I spend the next 5 years as a garrison officer at the various forts running up the modern Ohio-Indiana border when I retire a Capt. in 1799. I received no inheritance from my father's death as the third son and decide to settle in Jeffersonville, IN across the river from Louisville, KY. I secure a loan to buy a couple of wagons and 4 horses and start a wagon service between the falls of the Ohio and Vincennes, IN along the Buffalo Trace. I wear a cocked hat on the trail as a reminder of my service. I think highly of myself and insist I be introduced as Captain Henry Bane. The trace offers adventure in the form of bobcats, mountain lions, and occasional harrassment from Indians. I buy a rifle from John Small of Vincennes (coming in the future from Roy Stroh).