9/21/1779. Burned by Col. William Butler.
Where: 42.84267 -76.69187 Ge-Wa-Ga
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- Elvin Birth, The 1779 Western Campaigns, Raleigh: 2003, privately published, "Journals.pdf", p.158. 42.84267 -76.69187 Location basis
- Ge-Wa-Ga historical marker
GE - WA - GA,
a village of the Cayuga Nation, stood near this spot. It was occupied and
destroyed by a detachment from the army of General John Sullivan,
commanded by Lieut. Col. William Butler, which bivouacked here on the
night of September 21, 1779, before proceeding to the capture and
destruction of the main Cayuga villages at Great Gully about one and a
half miles South of this place on the next day.
- 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.
Five and a half miles farther, or sixteen miles from Skoi-yase, the detachment
encamped for the night at a small Indian settlement, a mile and a half from the
Cayuga Castle, called Gewawga, located on the site of Union Springs. After leaving
Choharo, the path kept near the lake shore, along which were several houses and cornfields
that the detachment destroyed as it passed along.
- Sep 1779 listing. 9/13/1779 Geneseo. American defeat.