Scorched Earth: General Sullivan and the Senecas

John L Moore

Non-Fiction

by John L Moore Revolutionary Pennsylvania Series Throughout 1778, Iroquois war parties repeatedly raided the frontiers of Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. In 1779, General George Washington decided to punish...

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by John L Moore

Revolutionary Pennsylvania Series

Throughout 1778, Iroquois war parties repeatedly raided the frontiers of Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. In 1779, General George Washington decided to punish them. He sent Major General John Sullivan into the Iroquois country with orders to make it uninhabitable. Scorched Earth  General Sullivan and the Senecas tells how Sullivans invasion force of thousands of soldiers marched it into the Pennsylvania hinterland, up the Susquehanna River, and into the Iroquois homeland. Along the way, the troops burned every village and destroyed every farm they found. As the army advanced, the Indians  men, women, and children  fled. Drawing upon first-person accounts kept by Sullivans officers, author John L. Moore chronicles how the troops devoted much more time to laying waste to cornfields than they did to fighting Iroquois warriors. Washington himself was ecstatic. Their whole country has been overrun and laid waste, he said. In the end, many more Indians starved during the following winter than were killed in battle with Sullivans soldiers.


Page Count: 120
Trim Size: 5 x 8
Publish Date: June 15, 2019
Imprint: Sunbury Press
Genre: History

HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic
HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)

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