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Cherry Valley Massacre... General Charles Lee and Silas Deane defend themselves...

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December 31, 1778


* Cherry Valley Massacre - New York
* Rare Revolutionary War publication

Fully one-third of the front page is taken up with a letter, dated Nov. 24, 1778, which reports on the historic Cherry Valley Massacre.
The Cherry Valley massacre was an attack by British and Iroquois forces on a fort and the village of Cherry Valley in central New York on November 11, 1778. It has been described as one of the most horrific frontier massacres of the war. A mixed force of Loyalists, British soldiers, Seneca and Mohawks descended on Cherry Valley, whose defenders were unprepared for the attack. The raid targeted non-combatants, and reports state that 30 such individuals were slain in addition to a number of armed defenders.
This account includes a chart of the number killed, prisoners returned, and prisoners not returned.
Following this is a report on the court martial of Major General Schuyler for his loss of the fort at Ticonderoga. He would be acquitted.
All of page 2 and some of page 3 are taken up with a very lengthy and defensive letter by General Charles Lee. Lee was one of the more notable officers of the Revolutionary War, but during the Battle of Monmouth in 1778 Lee led an assault on the British that miscarried. He was subsequently court-martialed and his military service brought to an end.
Most of page 3 and some of page 4 are taken up with a very detailed letter by Silas Deane in defense of the charges made against him by Congress of financial impropriety during his work as an envoy to France. It is signed in type: S. Deane.
Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, some archival restoration at the blank spine, nice condition.

Category: Revolutionary War