On this date 250 years ago, a 300-man contingent of Seneca warriors affiliated with the Ottawa chief Pontiac pulled off a perfect double ambush on a supply train headed to Fort Schlosser to Fort Niagra.
The Seneca hit the supply train during a meal break and forced much of it over a cliff into a ravine. They then ambushed a relief column of the British 80th Regiment of Light Armed Foot (Gage’s Light Infantry). The British took 81 dead and eight wounded, indicating that they were overrun and killed hand-to-hand by the warriors.
The Seneca reportedly suffered one man wounded in one of the most one-sided and perfectly executed operations in frontier history.