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The Indian Massacre At Cherry Valley New York – 1778

Extracted from the History of Cherry Valley New York by John Sawyer, 1898..

Quote from the account:

  • ” In a few hours the work of destruction and desolation was complete. What was at sunrise a fair and flourishing settlement, with comfortable houses, well filled barns and lowing herds, was at sunset a homeless waste, with only here and there a house, while amid the smouldering embers of the burned buildings were found the charred bones of the victims of the unholy massacre.”

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    VARIOUS FACTS

    CONNECTED  WITH   THE   MASSACRE

     

    VARIOUS FACTS

    CONNECTED  WITH   THE   MASSACRE

     

    The number of the Indians and Tories engaged in the Massacre at Cherry Valley has been variously estimated at from seven to eight hundred. Campbell in his “Annals” places the number at seven hundred, composed of five hundred Indians and two hundred Rangers. Another authority states that the force was about equally divided between Indians and Tories, while still another states that there were four hundred Tories engaged in the attack. As none of the authorities place the number at more than eight, or less than seven hundred, it may safely be assumed that the force numbered somewhat over seven hundred.

    The circumstances leading to the attack, as given in the Annals, were as follows: Capt. Walter Butler was taken prisoner while on a visit to Tryon county, in the summer of. 1775, and confined in the Albany goal. Pretending sickness, he was transferred to a private house from which he effected his escape and joined his father at Niagara. Here he procured com­mand of a part of the regiment known as ‘Butler’s Rangers,” together with permission   to   employ   the Indian forces under Brant.    Burning with a   desire for vengeance he at once started for Cherry   Valley. On his way he met Brant   who   was   returning   to winter quarters at Niagara. 

      The  latter  reluctantly consented   to   accompany   him, Campbell states, at displeasure of being placed under  the  command  of Butler.    Others take the more charitable view that, knowing the vindictive spirit with which Butler was animated, he was fearful that   the   outrages   which would be committed would sully his  reputation  for humanity, of which he was very tenacious.    Strange as it may seem to the majority of   people   who   are woefully ignorant  of   the   true   character   of   this remarkable man, it was doubtless fortunate   for   the

     

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