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Flames Through Lewiston 2011

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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.

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