23 April 1779; Captain Davis; Lt. Jones and 5 others, killed and scalped.
41.218037, -75.846468 Davis-Jones Ambush
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- Elvin Birth, The 1779 Western Campaigns, Raleigh: 2003, privately published, "Journals.pdf", p.44. 41.218037, -75.846468 Basis of location.
"Marking the spot of the ambush of April 23, 1779. Men are now buried
in Hollenback Cemetery, 540 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre where
there is a memorial to them."
Luzerne County Historical Society
- Fieldguide to U.S. Public Monuments and Memorials:
Davis, Jones, Butler Memorial Stone
- Conover, George S., compiler Journals of the Military Expedition of Major General John Sullivan Against the Six Nations Indians in 1779.., Auburn NY: Knapp, Peck & Thomason, 1887, pages suggested by Elvin Birth.
Our next place of halting is Wyoming, distant 7 Miles, about 4 Miles from this Town we saw two Monuments set up by the way side in memory of Capt Davis & Lieut Iones of 11th Pensylvania Regt with the following Inscriptions "The place where Capt. Davis was murdered by the Savages April 23d 1779" & "The blood of Lt Jones ..."
Wednesday June 23. The troops prepared themselves for Wyoming from which we were now distant only seven miles. This day we marched with regularity and at a distance of three miles came to the place where Captain Davis and Lieutenant Jones with a corporal and four privates were scalped, tomahawked, and speared by the savages fifteen or twenty in number; two boards are fixed at the spot where Davis and Jones fell with their names on each, Jones's being besmeared with his own blood. In passing this melancholy vale an universal gloom appeared on the countenances of both officers and men without distinction and from the eyes of many as by a sudden impulse dropt the sympathizing tear. Colonel Proctor out of respect to the deceased ordered the music to play the tune of Roslin Castle [play mp3] the soft and moving notes of which together with what so forcibly struck the eye tended greatly to fill our breasts with pity and to renew our grief for our worthy departed friends and brethren.
Apr 1779 listing. Not found.