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Hidden Treasure In CNY ~ The Cherry Valley Massacre

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In this edition of Hidden Treasures in CNY, Bob Howard, Artifact Recovery Specialist, made some incredible discoveries at the location of the Cherry Valley massacre.

The Cherry Valley massacre was an attack by British and Iroquois forces on a fort and the village of Cherry Valley in eastern New York on November 11, 1778, during the American Revolutionary War. Wikipedia says It was one of the most horrific frontier "The Cherry Valley Massacre was one of the most horrific frontier massacres of the American Revolutionary War."massacres of the war. A mixed force of Loyalists, British soldiers, Seneca and Mohawks, descended on Cherry Valley, whose defenders, despite warnings, were unprepared for the attack. During the raid, the Seneca in particular targeted non-combatants, and reports state that 30 such individuals were slain, in addition to a number of armed defenders.

Bob Howard was granted permission to metal detect around a residence where this horrific massacre took place. He says “there was a young lady who lived there, and while the attack was going on, she went to the door with her baby in her arms. The individuals were attacking civilians and killed her and her child.”

Bob found musket balls from that time period that could have killed some of the 30 individuals on that fateful day in 1778.

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