Lay of the Ancient Valley
DESCRIPTION: "My tale is of a battle, God give it worthy rime, That fell out in this valley...." "John" Rogers brings his small force to Lake Champlain and ambushes the Indians. He kills ten chiefs and many others; the dead still lie there
EARLIEST DATE: 1851 (according to ThompsonNewYork)
KEYWORDS: death battle homicide Indians(Am.)
1759 - the Saint Francis Massacre (see NOTES)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ThompsonNewYork, pp. 318-320, "Lay of the Ancient Valley" (1 text)
NOTES: As best I can tell from the Dictionary of American Biography entry on Robert Rogers, this refers to Robert Rogers's 1759 raid on the Saint Francis Indians, in which he destroyed the Native American village. This was in the context of the French and Indian War -- Rogers was part of Jeffery Amherst's Crown Point force -- but it doesn't change the fact that he committed mass murder. As his DAB entry notes, Rogers was incapable of dealing with civilization -- or of being civilized.
There is a good deal of doubt about Rogers -- perhaps not surprising for a semi-independent officer. DAB gives his dates as 1731-1795, but J. Franklin Jameson's Dictionary of United States History 1492-1895, Puritan Press, 1894, p. 563, says 1727-1800. They agree that he was forced out of the Americas during the revolution, and died in England. - RBW
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