The Story of Butler's Rangers and the Settlement of Niagara

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Richardson, Bond & Wright, 1893 - American loyalists - 122 pages
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Although the author deals with the American Revolution (or War of Independence, depending on your viewpoint), this is an important piece of historical research every Canadian should read. The book ... Read full review

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Page 62 - The Expedition you are appointed to command is to be directed against the hostile tribes of the Six Nations of Indians, with their associates and adherents. The immediate objects are the total destruction and devastation of their settlements, and the capture of as many prisoners of every age and sex as possible.
Page 62 - After you have very thoroughly completed the destruction of their settlements, if the Indians should show a disposition for peace, I would have you encourage it, on condition that they will give some decisive evidence of their sincerity, by delivering up some of the principal instigators of their past hostilities into our hands,— Butler...
Page 81 - The destruction of the grain on the western frontier of New York is likely to be attended with the most alarming consequences, in respect to the formation of magazines upon the North River. We had prospects of forming a very considerable Magazine of flour in that quarter previous to the late incursion.
Page 17 - I want to have your warriors come and see me, and help me fight the King's Regular troops. You know they stand all along close together rank and file, and my men fight so as Indians do, and I want your warriors to join with me and my warriors like brothers and ambush the Regulars: if you will I will give you money, blankets, tomahawks, knives, paint, and anything...
Page 52 - Indians' hands, must declare I did every thing in my power to prevent the Indians killing the prisoners, or taking women and children captive, or in any wise injuring them. Colonel Stacey and several other officers of yours, when exchanged, will acquit me ; and must further declare, that they have received every assistance...
Page 51 - We deny any cruelties to have been committed at Wyoming, either by whites or Indians; so far to the contrary, that not a man, woman, or child was hurt after the capitulation, or a woman or child before it, and none taken into captivity. Though, should you call it inhumanity, the killing men in arms in the field, we, in that case, plead guilty.
Page 43 - But what gives me the sincerest satisfaction is, that I can with great truth assure you that in the destruction of this settlement not a single person has been hurt, of the inhabitants, but such as were in arms; to these, indeed, the Indians gave no quarter.
Page 108 - Butler says that none of his people will ever think of going to attend courts of law in the colonies, where they could not expect the shadow of justice, and that to re-purchase their estates is what they are not able to do ; that for a much smaller sum the Missassaugas will part with twelve miles more along the lake, and that they would rather go to Japan than go among the Americans, where they could never live in peace.
Page 8 - Congressional mea" sures, and have even, last week, at a numerous meeting of " the Mohawk district, appeared with all their dependents armed " to oppose the people considering of their grievances : their " number being so large, and the people unarmed, struck terror " into most of them, and they dispersed.

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