Reminiscence of an Indian Massacre.
--In going from Lewiston
to Niagara Falls, N. Y.
, the road runs within a few feet of the river bank, where a deep and gloomy chasm is rent or worn out of the rocks.
The small stream which crosses the road and falls into the chasm is called the Bloody Run
A correspondent of the Lockport Courier
says this name was derived from the following circumstance:
In 1795 a detachment of 100 British Regulars, who were conveying provisions in wagons from Fort Niagara
to Fort Schlosser
, were here surprised by a party of Indians in ambuscade.
Many of the soldiers were killed at the first discharge, and the others thrown into hopeless confusion, the Indians fell like tigers upon the drivers, tomahawked them in their seats, and threw them over the precipice.
The wagons, with their contents, were backed off into the abyss, and men and cattle fell, with the loading, in one dismembered and mutilated mass below.
Some threw themselves from the bank and fell mangled and dying on the rocks; others lodged in the branches of trees, where they remained, disabled, until the affray was over, when the savages, at their leisure, dispatched them.--The brook ran red with the blood of the slain, which circumstance gave rise to the name of Bloody Run
Only four escaped to relate the horrible fate of their companions.