|Posted by Gilbert Stack on September 14, 2018 at 5:05 AM|
On this day (September 14) in 1763, the Seneca defeated the British at the Battle of Devil’s Hole. The battle took place near Niagara Falls which the British had taken from the French in the French and Indian War. The British had invested in improving the trails so that ox drawn wagons could make the portage, putting several hundred Seneca out of work in what they viewed as their own land. They decided it was time to drive the British out and joined with other tribes in the Great Lakes Region in what has come to be known as Pontiac’s Rebellion. They attacked a wagon train and its armed escort and then ambushed two companies of British soldiers who tried to rescue the wagon train. The Seneca killed 21 out of 24 men in the wagon train and 81 soldiers. The Seneca suffered one wounded.