CUDDEBACKVILLE — The Neversink Valley Museum of History & Innovation is happy to have back the local historian Frank Salvati for the History Talk Lecture Series at the D&H Canal Park Visitor’s Center at 58 Hoag Road (just off route 209) in Cuddebackville on June 12 at 7 p.m., when Frank will be speaking about “Joseph Brant, Iroquois, and the American Revolution”

Salvati says “Many people have false notions of Brent’s role in the Iroquois Confederacy, and his association with the British during the Revolutionary War.” Joseph Brant (March 1743 – Nov. 24, 1807; Mohawk name: Thayendanegea) was a well-known Mohawk on both sides of the Atlantic, and a native New Yorker who was a military and political leader closely associated with Great Britain during and after the American Revolution.

While the war was being waged in pitched battles in the chief colonies, British and Indian forces fought a guerrilla war in the west, and many villages were raided. The fighting was fierce in the Mohawk Valley of New York, and the frontier was in an almost constant state of terror.

It was cold, foggy and snowy in Cherry Valley, that morning in history, Nov. 11, 1778, when British Loyalists and their Mohawk and Seneca Indian allies attacked a village and fort east of Cooperstown near Lake Otsego during the American Revolutionary War, killing scores of soldiers and civilians in the Cherry Valley Massacre.

In his History Talk, Frank “will correct the misconceptions associated with Brant and show what role the Six Nations played in the Revolutionary War, particularly the Wyoming Valley and the infamous Cherry Valley Massacre.” The pivotal role played by John Butler and his Rangers in the Wyoming Valley campaign will be contrasted to Joseph Brant’s much more moderate role.

Frank Salvati is a resident of Port Jervis, New York. He is a passionate student of the Indian wars, with a particular interest in the North Eastern United States. He is a popular speaker on the French and Indian Wars, the American Revolution and the War of 1812.

The proceeds benefit The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation and lite refreshments will be served. A donation of $5 for members and $7 for non-members is suggested.

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