Three Rivers
Hudson~Mohawk~Schoharie
History From America's Most Famous Valleys

The Frontiersmen of New York
by Jeptha R. Simms
Albany, NY 1883

Volume II, Page 390 A Common Sense View of Scalping -- The Rev. Dr. George A. Lintner, in an address upon the Early History of the Mohawk Valley, thus expresses his views of this nefarious traffic: "We do not wish to indulge in any hostile feeling against the British government. Much of that bitter feeling which exited in this country against the mother country after the Revolutionary war, was engendered by that inhuman policy which instigated the savages to make war upon us with the tomahawk and scalping knife. The bounty offered for scalps was horrible. It stimulated the savages to acts of barbarity, and was revolting to the moral feelings and social sympathies of all civilized nations. And when England resorted to such means, when she entered upon a league with her savage allies to massacre our people, ravage our settlements and wage against us, a war of extermination; she brought a stain upon her character, which the boasted glory of her arms can never obliterate. The massacres of Wyoming, Cherry Valley, Schoharie, and the Mohawk Valley will never be forgotten, and until England can wash her hands of those bloody catastrophies, she must suffer the reproach they have brought on her military fame."

The Opinion of Another.-- Speaking of the cruelty of the Indians in scalping their enemies, said the historian, Trumbull: "In the late American Revolution, Britain had the inhumanity to reward those sons of barbarity, for depredations committed upon those who were struggling in the cause of liberty."

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