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9/22/1779. Burned. Lt.Col. Henry Dearborn.

Where: 42.75584 -76.83031 Swahyawanah

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  • Elvin Birth, The 1779 Western Campaigns, Raleigh: 2003, privately published, "Journals.pdf", p.162. 42.751621 -76.818495, 2 miles in some direction.

  • Conover, George S., compiler Archive 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.
    Lt.Col. Henry dearborn.
    22nd I march'd half an hour before sunrise proceeded about 5 miles and came to the ruins of a Town that a party of our men burnt when the army was advancing who mis'd their way and happen'd to fall in at this Town about half a mile from the town I found a large field of corn and 3 houses We gathered the corn & burnt it in the houses This Town is called Swahyawana*.

    *Swahyawana, was on the farm of Edward R. Dean, in the north-east corner of the town of Romulus, Seneca county, on the north bank of Sinclair Hollow creek, near the shore of the lake. and almost exactly opposite the important town of Chonodote on the east side, the site of present Aurora. Was burned September 6. by a party that wandered from the track of the main army when they passed up on the east side of the lake.J. S. C.

  • "The Journal of Lieut. John L. Hardenbergh"
    Swahyawana, an Indian town located on the west shore of Cayuga lake, on the farm of Edward R. Dean, in the north-east corner of the town of Romulus in Seneca County. Destroyed Sept. 22, 1779, by Lieut. Col. Henry Dearborn.
    42.75584 -76.83031 Basis of location

  • Swahyawana historical marker
    2 Mile ----->
    Swahyawana Indian Village Destroyed During Sullivan Campaign 1779
    State Education Department 1932
    N 42 45.106 W 076 49.103 (42.75176 -76.81839)

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  • RevWar75 RevWar75
  • Sep 1779 listing. 9/13/1779 Geneseo. American defeat.

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