• Historical Facts

Revolutionary War Historical Facts

The Mohawk Valley Path Through History begins with the Revolutionary War - the sites and events related to this period in history.


Cherry Valley Massacre

Described as one of the most horrific frontier massacres of the War, the Cherry Valley massacre was an attack by British and Iroquois forces on a fort and the village of Cherry Valley in eastern New York on November 11, 1778. A mixed force of Loyalists, British soldiers, Seneca and Mohawks descended on Cherry Valley, whose defenders, despite warnings, were unprepared for the attack. During the raid, the Seneca in particular targeted non-combatants, and reports state that 30 such individuals were slain, in addition to a number of armed defenders.