Horton's Historical Articles

by Gerald Horton

Timeline for 1782-3

Spring 1782 Dietz family massacred.

A small Indian war party killed nine people in the Dietz family near Beaver Dam in the Schoharie Valley. The victims were scalped and all their buildings were destroyed.

Apr 1782 Peace negotiations begin.

The British government begins peace negotiations in Paris, France. American representatives were: Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Jay, and Henry Laurens.

May 1782 Oswego rebuilt.

Governor General Frederick Haldimand of Canada orders Major Ross to Oswego to rebuild the fort at that location.

Jul 1782 Farms in Schoharie attacked.

Adam Crysler led a small war party and attacked the Zimmer farm along Foxes Creek in the Schoharie Valley.

Jul 1782 Cessation of hostilities called for.

Governor General Haldimand issued a letter calling for a cessation of hostilities against the Rebels pending the outcome of peace negotiations in Paris.

Nov 30, 1782 Preliminary peace articles.

Preliminary articles of peace were adopted in Paris.

Feb 9, 1783 Willett sets out to attack Ft. Oswego.

Rebel Col. Marinus Willett set out from Fort Herkimer to attack Fort Oswego and dislodge the British who were holding the fort. Willett’s Indian guides became lost and the mission was compromised. He was forced to return to Ft. Herkimer.

April 19, 1783 Congress issues proclamation.

Congress issued a proclamation ending all hostilities with Great Britain.

Sep 3, 1783 Treaty of Paris.

The formal Treaty of Paris of 1783 is signed, ending the Revolutionary War.

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