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Title Minutes & proceedings of the Onondaga expedition [manuscript]: Fort Schuyler, [N.Y.], 1779 Apr. 24
Author Van Schaick, Goose (1736-1789)
Document Type Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Report signed by G. Van Schaick and prepared at Fort Schuyler on April 24, 1779, the day the expedition returned from the Onondaga settlements. Beginning on Apr. 19 and concluding on the 24th, the report discusses the march from Fort Schuyler and return, as well as the punitive action against the Onondaga. In addition to providing a detailed description of Indian casualties, prisoners, and the successful destruction of the settlements, the report also discusses the route, the use of batteaux to ship provisions, and the deployment of troops.
Names Van Schaick, Goose (1736-1789)
Places Fort Stanwix, Fort Schuyle, Rome, New York, United States
Keywords fort, expedition, armed forces, captive, settlement, supplies, war, US War of Independence, attack
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Soldier and commander of the 1st New York Regiment, 1776-1783, Van Schaick is best known for his April, 1779 expedition against the Onondaga. With 558 men, he left Fort Schuyler (formerly Fort Stanwix) and marched to the Onondaga country. Suffering no casualties, his forces killed twelve Onondaga warriors and took thirty-four prisoners, burned the Indian settlements, killed livestock, and confiscated and destroyed firearms. They returned to Fort Schuyler on April 24, five and a half days after their departure.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 944
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue