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Title The Indians answer [manuscript]: present as before Old Abraham Speaker [1776]
Author Old Abraham
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Speech of Old Abraham, presumably to American officials, relaying the account of two young Mohawks who had journeyed to Canada in the Fall of 1776 to see the British and American armies meet. The two Indians reported that a naval battle had occured on Lake Champlain between British regulars commanded by Sir Guy Carleton and the "Bostonians" who were led by Benedict Arnold. After freeing 100 captured Americans and forbidding scalping, the victorious Carleton returned to Quebec from Crown Point, where the Indians left him. Also a report on the whereabouts of Sir John Johnson, son of Sir William Johnson.
Names Carleton, Baron, Guy (1724-1808); Johnson, Sir, John (1742-1830); Old Abraham
Places Champlain Valley, Valcour Island, New York, Crown Point, United States; Quebec, Canada
Keywords battle, war, armed forces, capture, victory, scalping, Battle of Valcour Island, invasion, Carleton's Invasion, navy, speech
Theme American Indians and the European Powers; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Mohawk Indian and father of Little Abraham, a prominent Mohawk chief.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 7
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue