Joseph Brant’s 1780 Attack On Canajoharie

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joseph brantThe American Revolution Round Table (ARRT) of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys will host Wayne Lenig, who will give a presentation entitled Joseph Brant’s 1780 Attack on Canajohary.

Original accounts of the August 2nd raid began appearing in major newspapers about two weeks after the attack. A newspaper account dated September 9, 1780 stated the following: “At the fort now called fort Ransalaer (Fort Plain), Sir John Johnson and Captain Brant have burnt 51 houses, 42 barns, 17 killed, and 52 prisoners.”

Research has shown that the Mohawk Valley attacks of 1780 were part of a deliberate British strategy to depopulate the area so that the lands could be retained after the war and thus make the Mohawk the new border between the United States and Canada.

This session will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Van Alstyne Homestead, located 42 Moyer St, Canajoharie. There will be time allocated to networking, socializing and to discuss prior topics. There will also be tours of the 1730 Dutch Van Alstyne Homestead.

Wayne Lenig is the museum’s Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He has had a 50-year long interest in the interplay of Native Americans, European and African cultures in the Mohawk Valley region. He holds a BA from the University of Buffalo and he is an alumnus of the Cooperstown Graduate Program.

There are no fees and no membership requirements, donations are great appreciated to cover related costs. To RSVP or for further information, email or call (518) 774-5669.

Illustration: Captain Joseph Brant.

2 thoughts on “Joseph Brant’s 1780 Attack On Canajoharie

  1. David Grey Eagle

    I am a Mohawk from Ontario,,,,,I am fasinated by what I read here,,,Yow en go ah, Thank you for your great work,,I would love to visit and get a history lesson of my Ancestor Josepf Brant,,,,,I look very forward to your reply. David Grey Eagle,,,,…..

  2. Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community

    On April 15 from 10am to 4pm, the Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community, together with Humanities NY, will be hosting a talk by Sally Roesch Wagner: Haudenosaunee Women’s Influence on the Women’s Suffrage Movement. The event is free and open to the public; lunch is included for a suggested $25 donation.
    Talk description:
    The 2017 centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State opens the opportunity for us to explore the often unacknowledged history of our region. At a time when white women were the property of their husbands and considered dead in the law, Haudenosaunee women had more authority and status than New York State women have today. In 1848, the founders of the Women’s Rights Movement were inspired by Haudenosaunee women who already enjoyed great respect, status and authority.

    Please come learn about the history of our region while sharing in good food and conversation. RSVP for this event by phone: 518-673-4197 or email:


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