Monday, April 18, 2011

Hungry Hill

Hungry Hill was given its name due to the privations suffered by those soldiers sent out to clear a road for General John Sullivan's army which was to march from Easton, Pennsylvania, to the Susquehanna Valley, and then into New York on a scorched earth campaign against the four nations of the Iroquois that had sided with the British in the Revolutionary War.  The name also portends the fate of those Iroquois that Sullivan was campaigning against.  George Washington had given slash and burn orders in the summer of 1779, and after Sullivan had defeated the Iroquois and destroyed some forty villages and their crops, the Iroquois suffered widespread famine and the demise of the Iroquois Confederacy of Six Nations.

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