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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Aug 2020 10:22 p.m. PST

"BY 1779, GEORGE Washington had already earned the famous moniker "Father of His Country." But the Iroquois Indians of the time bestowed on Washington another, not-so-flattering epithet: Conotocarious, or "Town Destroyer."

This lesser-known title also had its origins in 1779, when General Washington ordered what at the time was the largest-ever campaign against the Indians in North America. After suffering for nearly two years from Iroquois raids on the Colonies' northern frontier, Washington and Congress decided to strike back. From his headquarters in Middlebrook, N.J., Washington authorized the "total destruction and devastation" of the Iroquois settlements across upstate New York so "that country may not merely be overrun but destroyed."…"
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Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2020 2:53 a.m. PST

Payback can be just a little rough…

epturner Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2020 6:33 a.m. PST

Sullivan, a fine figure of mediocrity, actually managed to achieve an operational objective against the Iroquois.

The subsequent year's campaign by them and their allies out of Canada against the Mohawk and Schoharie Valley was a direct result of the damage he inflicted.

Interesting as a wargame campaign.

Thanks, Armand.


Bill N02 Aug 2020 8:20 a.m. PST

I agree with Kevin on this one. The war on the New York frontier had turned ugly long before Washington turned Sullivan loose on the Iroquois towns.

RudyNelson02 Aug 2020 1:33 p.m. PST

Chemung river was a major battle between Sullivan force and Iroquois on august 29 1779.
Patriots 4,000 Vs 1,200+ Iroquois and Butlers Rangersand Johnson Greens. A series of ambushes and skirmish's but the Patriots could not be stopped.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2020 3:45 p.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


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