The Consequences

The nests are destroyed, but the birds are still on the wing...
Major Jeremiah Fogg
September 1779


It was true. The Indians themselves were not destroyed. Only a mere handful had been killed in the campaign, but other things were destroyed that were of immeasurable importance to them.

Their towns were destroyed; nearly fifty of them consisting of about twelve hundred houses, in each of which two or three or even more families had lived.

Their corn was destroyed; nearly two hundred thousand bushels of the grain they most needed to subsist.

Their vegetables were destroyed; nearly fifty thousand bushels of the crops they had to have to live potatoes, peas, beans, pumpkins, squash, watermelons, cucumbers, cabbages, carrots, parsnips.

Their fruit was destroyed; upward of ten thousand trees girdled or felled apples, plums, peaches.

Their burial places were destroyed; the graves of their fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, had been opened and ransacked and the bones scattered; the sepulchers of their chiefs had been vandalized, pushed over, broken apart and the spirits disturbed.

Their health was destroyed; without proper food and shelter they became susceptible to famine and disease; the ensuing winter was the coldest on record and many of the Indians froze and starved and died of disease.

Their League was destroyed; the powerful Iroquois League that had existed for over a quarter of a millennium, the League that had ruled by conquest the tribes of a quarter of the continent, the League that had struck fear into the hears of tribes of over half the continent, the League that was mightier than any other confederation of Indians in North America had ever been or would ever be.

Their will was destroyed; the will to carry on, to hold their land or perish in the effort to do so.

Allan W. Eckert, Historian
Author of The Wilderness War
1978

Posted by sullivan at March 4, 2004 03:27 PM
Comments

Allan W. Eckert's books are cannot-put-down, don't-wanna-go-to-bed, fascinating reading. He makes lots of simple mistakes (the Onondaga Capital was at Rochester) that probably should have been caought in proofreading, but he provides details I have found nowhere else (Wm. Johnson had syphillis, Boyd was a showboatin' glory hound [who would've been court-martialed if he lived.])

Posted by: Mike Dunn at September 5, 2004 09:45 AM

Couldn't have been other errors in that book, could there? How are we certain his facts about Johnson and Boyd are correct, since these are facts that you 'have found nowhere else'? See, the fact is, people believe what they WANT to believe.

Nowhere on this website have I seen a document by the Iroquois stating they brought this on themselves by killing and taking captive settlers (women & children) WHO WERE NOT AT WAR WITH THEM. For over 5 YEARS during the revolution, they acted as England's pawns.

I feel sorry for both sides. Both were wrong. But there is no way to undo this. The Native American way of life is gone forever. Period. Let's move forward. Together.

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