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TODAY'S STORY in (Copyright, 1023, Ijy Tho Author) INHUMAN MURDER OF LIEUTENANT OOYD, BY TORY BUTLER, , SE!>TEiM»ER 13, 1779 , During tho expedition of Major General John .Sullivan'jiffnin.sl tho Six Nations, in Augusi and September, 1779, there occurred one of the most horrible Indian massacres recorded in the frontier history of Pennsylvania On the 12th of September, Lion- tenant Thomas Boyd of thn Klfle Corps, a resident of Northumberland, nnd older brother or tho illustrious' Captain John Koyd and In-other o£ Lieutenant William Hoyrt, who lost his life in the battle of Uraiulvwlne. was sent with about Uvonty-iW soldiers to reconnoitre UK: town of (.oiiesec-. Thpy were guided bv a friendly Onedia Indian named liun- josi, a chief of that tribe Phis nuinboz- wjn too iew it a battle was Intended and too many for a secretive expedition.'When iho nariv reached Little Ciustle, on M.-ptembo'r ISin, they surprised killed nnd seitlp- ftl two Jndians. They mistook, this Place, for aeneseo and i.iuulen.uU J<oyd intended to there wan for the advance of the main army and sent four men to report his , intentions. -»nis party was llrcd on ,x t-ornofil was killed and the others' (led , until the matii army was l cached. Boyd dispatched two morn 10 lenrn what had detained the armv. when they discovered the dead iorpor.il and at! the same time U.o presence of In-j dians. rSiey informed .Lieutenant I „.?,,.' ? immediately assembled his ! P^itj and (rave chase rulJowing- ih<> British and Tories to within les^ than three miles from the main armv ivhere they encounteied a body of lour or fivn luindrcd. which laV t« ambush, piobnbly au i.lllni,- to s-u- jirise the main army, whu immediately surrounded Boyrt's small parlv Ihelr defense against ovenvlielmln- odds was not less sallant than it W= hopeless. In their extremity they posted themselves in a small grove •with a considerable oi)en space' iiround It. and there they continued to light. Some o£ the enemy were so near that the powder from (heir muskets burned the vlntbin-r and persons of the Americans, who fought bran ly until the overwhelming superiority or the enemy obliged them to aitemnt a retreat, which they did. covering their movement with a deadly fire This small army of British and Indians was under the, command of Colonel John Butler and the notorious Indian Chieftain, Joseph lirandt ' The Indians killed and in a mo=t Jnnumaii manner. romahawkcd -md scalped six of I-toyd's soldiers whnse bodies were found the next day. Nine or Boyd s party succeeded in efleet- 'ng their escape and reported the battle soon as they had reached the main army. As Lieutenant Boyd. the Indian s-uide, Chief JIanjost. Timothy Alurnhy and six others 'had not ar- rived'sate in camp ihcre was mueli anxiety for their safety. Tills Timothy .Murphy was from Northumberland, a personal friend (if the Boyd orothers, and one of the most faninn marksmen In the .s,.jv.i-(. H was his unerring: aim «h ;c :i -,llcd Genor-U Frazei-, the, British i .....mamler at the .second battle of Htillvvater, October 7. 1777. Colonel Adam Hubler. In the journal which he kept during the siiliivat, expedition writes of him: "This ilur- phy Is a noted markeman and a £reat soldier, he having killed and scalned rhat morning- in tho town they w'oi e at an Indian which makes the three and thirtieth man of the enemv h» has killed (.as is well known to his officers) this war." U is also Interesting to note - that. Muurphy made his escape and was tlio one to report that Lieutenant Ttnycl and Chief Hnn- .i()f=t were taken prisoners, and he told in detail of the brave resistance they made. The army mad^a quick march with the Uoyd, but o( i-clcasliiK on arriving Lieutenant at Cienesoo Castle, or "Little, Beard's Town." the capital settlement of the Seneca country, Colonel Hubley writes. "At this place we found the body of the bravo but imforttinatij L-ietlt. Uoyd and one rifleman massacred in the most cruol and barbarous manner that tho human mind can possibly conceive. The savages having put them to the most exeniciiUinR torments possible by first plucking their nails from hittuls and fet'L then spearing-, cutting and whipping them nnd mniiBllnsr their bod.vs, then cuu!n.y oft the iiesh from tlieir shoulders tomahawking mid .severing- ihen' heads from their bodys ami leaving them a piey to their <|ORS. This evening the rem.-iins of LU>ul. JtoyU and the rifltmuii were Interred with military honors. Mr. Boyd's former good character us a brave soldier and an honest man. and his behaviour in the sldrmlHh of yesterday (.several ot the Indians being- found dead and some seen carried off) imisi In- dear him to all friends of mankind. May his fate await ihofo, who have been the cause-. of his O Britain _ Behold — and blush!" Miner In Jm "History of TVvomlns" says their tongues were pu'lled out and "niiiing pme knots thrust into their flc^h and thai thc-y were nlmv- ly burned to death in addition to the tnrturcjs mentionod by Colonel Hubley. Miner suys that Ueutcn-int Hoyd, was taken before Colonel Butler, the detestable Tory, who examined him, while Boyd was held b v two savages, with a third standing a't bis back -with a tomahawk raised Butler demanded: "Hoiv many men has Sullivan?" Boyd: "I Ciinnot tell you, Sir." Butler then asked: "How is the army divided and disposed?" Boyd replied: "1 cannot give you any information. Sir." Butler then taunted him: "Uoyd, life is sweet, you had better answer nie." The brave lieutenant replied: "Duty forbids and L would not 'if life depended -on the word — but Colonel Butler, 1 know the issue, my doom is fixed." Another version.' of the affair omits the Interview, and relates that Boyd «as slabbed in the abdomen, an intestines drawn out and tied to a tree around which the sufferer was driven unlil he was <lis«mocnveled. Both may be true. That n prisoner should be taken before Colonel John Butler for examination is .quite prob.ible. Ser-' geant Michael Parker was t'.it riflo- mnn who was murdered with Lieutenant Boyd. • ' The remains • at Lieutenant' 'Boyd and trorg-eant ranker were fnun.J on the outskirts 'of the town ninl we-e without delay interred with the, him-' 01 s of war. In August, IS-IU, the rn- mains of these two soldiers war? '-x- humed and removed to Mount Hone- Cemetery, Koc'-.tster, N. Y., wl""- e they were re-intoi-red. The unfortunate Lieutenant Bovd h.id shared aii the hardships of the ill-fated expedition to Quebec under General Arnold, and had experienced many campaigns prior to the one in which he made the supreme sacrifice. (To be Cent nued) Town Improvement "Beg. pardon, g-uv'nor," said a particularly dirty and objectionable tramp to a prosperous looking man "would you pive me a quarter to Improve iind beautify your town?" "What's the idea?" was the cautious reply. "tt'hy, iqr that I'll move on to the next village." the tramp explained

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  1. Delaware County Daily Times,
  2. 13 Sep 1923, Thu,
  3. Page 7

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