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Published on Dec 19, 2011
*Thank you to the www.historiclewiston.org for the event description*
The reenactment commemorates the attack on Lewiston on December 19, 1813, during the War of 1812, when British troops and their unrestrained native allies were on the rampage and looking for retribution after the Americans had torched Niagara on the Lake, ten days earlier.
The attack actually happened at 6 o'clock in the morning -- Lewiston citizens fled as fast as they could, many in their night clothes and running in the snow and mud, leaving bloody footprints on their exodus out of town. Could they escape? Or would the British catch up to them and kill them all?
At the moment when Lewiston citizens had lost hope and thought they would all become victims of a bloody massacre, the local Tuscarora natives intervened and temporarily halted the British attack, buying precious moments for the Lewiston survivors to escape. The confrontation is noted as a rare moment in American history when Native Americans rescued white settlers from a foreign attack.
Lewiston was turned into a pile of ashes and those fortunate enough to survive the British attack were scattered from Orleans County to Batavia and beyond.