Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hungry Hill Iroquois Chief

The Indian Chief statue at the Hungry Hill monument is a mystery.  The monument recognizes revolutionary soldiers that were clearing a road for Sullivan's army to march against the Iroquois nations that had sided with the English in the war.  The spot marks the grave of a revolutionary soldier.  The small statue is free-standing and appears to have been left as an unofficial part of the monument.  Some individual may have felt the Iroquois also need to be remembered when remembering  General John Sullivan and his army.  George Washington gave General Sullivan the order to carry out the scorched earth campaign against the Iroquois, and the surviving Iroquois gave him the nickname  "Town Destroyer".

1 comment:

  1. Didn't know about this episode in our history. One more example that the way we've treated native peoples is shameful.