Cherry Valley Massacre
Cherry Valley, MASSACRE AT. During a heavy storm of sleet on November 11, 1778, a band of Indians and Tories—the former led by Brant, and the latter by Walter N. Butler, son of Colonel John Butler—fell upon Cherry Valley, Otsego co., New York and murdered thirty-two of the inhabitants, mostly women and children, with sixteen soldiers of a little garrison there. Nearly forty men, women, and children were carried away captive. Butler was the arch-fiend on this occasion, and would listen to no appeals from Brant for mercy on the innocent and helpless. The captives were led away in the darkness and a cold storm; and when they rested they were huddled together, half naked, with no shelter but the leafless trees, and no resting-place but the wet ground.