On the 11th of November, 1778, a British Loyalist officer Walter Butler (1752 - 1781) and the Mohawk chief Joseph Brant (1743 - 1807) led an attack on the New York frontier settlement of Cherry Valley. Butler had been captured by the Continental Army in 1777 and after his escape sought revenge against the colonialists. The group of loyalists and Native Americans (who were acting in retaliation for earlier raids on their villages) brutally attacked the settlers in what became known as the Cherry Valley massacre.
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