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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Black Rock, surprise of. (search)
n, and especially the large quantity of stores collected there by the Americans; also the shipyard. These were defended by only about 200 militia and a dozen men in a blockhouse. There were some infantry and Bisshopp's monument dragoon recruits from the South on their way to Fort George, besides a little more than 100 Indians under the young Cornplanter, who had been educated at Philadelphia, and had gone hack to his blanket and feather head-dress. The former were under the command of Gen. Peter B. porter, then at his home near Black Rock. Bisshopp surprised the camp at Black Pock. when the militia fled to Buffalo. leaving their artillery behind. Porter narrowly escaped capture in his own house. He hastened towards Buffalo, rallied a part of the militia, and, with fifty volunteer citizens, proceeded to attack the invaders. At the same time forty Indian s rose from an ambush in a ravine and rushed upon the invaders with the appalling war-whoop. The frightened British, after
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Schuyler, Fort (search)
Schuyler, Fort On the site of the Map of Fort Schuyler and vicinity. village of Rome, Oneida co., N. Y., General Stanwix built a fort which received his name. After the Revolutionary War began it was named Fort Schuyler. In the Revolution it was on the western borders of civilization. There was a small garrison there in the summer of 1777, commanded by Col. Peter Gansevoort. It stood as a sort of barrier against hostile tribes of the Six Nations. The little garrison had been reinforced by the regiment of Col. Marinus Willett, and was well provisioned. Burgoyne had sent Colonel St. Leger with Canadians, Tories, and Indians, by way of Lake Ontario, to penetrate the Mohawk Valley and made his way to Albany, there to meet the general. St. Leger appeared before Fort Schuyler on Aug. 3. The Tories in his train were commanded by Colonels Johnson, Claus, and Butler, and the Indians by Brant. On receiving news that General Herkimer was coming to the aid of the garrison with the