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Victor in Ontario County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Dyagodiyu

 
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 26, 2018
1. Dyagodiyu Marker
Inscription.  
[1] Dyagodiyu, The Place of a Battle

As soon as the Women and Children were fled, their fired there owne Castles and all the Men being gon to convey them away except a hundred in a small Fort who had sent out spyes and received information that the French were upon there march towards them, they sent forthwith Messengers to them that were conveying the Women and Children and desired the assistance of as many of their young Men as could conveniently bee spared to turn back and face the French and give battle; whereupon 350 turned back and joyned with the hundred, butt being all young Men, were so eager to fall on, that the Officers could not bring them in a posture to engage, they went out about halfe a league from the Castle, on a small hill, and there stayed for the French army, butt the officers could not persuade them to be in order there neither, all being so firey to engage....

Seneca sachems
Adondaraheerha
Unedachseno
Awitharoa

Recorded by Robert Livingston,
Secretary for Indian Affairs
August 6, 1687

[2] Dyagodiyu, The Place of a Battle

On the morrow, we marched in battle
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 26, 2018
2. Dyagodiyu Marker
order, watching for an attack. We descended the hill by a little sloping valley or gorge, through which ran a brook bordered with thick bushes, and which discharges itself at the foot of the hill in a marsh full of deep mud, but planted with alders so think that one could scarely see. There it was that they had stationed their two abuscades and where perhaps we would have been defeated, if they had not mistaken our advanced guard for the whole army and been so hasty in firing. The Marquis acted very prudently in not pursuing them, for it was a trick of the Iroquois to draw us into a greater ambuscade.

Rev. Francois Vachon
L'Abbe de Belmont
July 14, 1687

[3] Dayagodiyu, The Place of a Battle

As soon as the Indians residing at the village received intelligence of their approach, they sent news to the inhabitants of the neighboring town of Gah-a-yan-duk. On being reinforced by them, they met the Frech as they advanced towards the former village and a severe battle ensued. On account of their inferior numbers, the Indians were defeated, and fled to a village then located near the foot of Canadaigua Lake. The French advanced, burned the village, and laid waste the adjacent cornfields.... Runners having been despatched by the Senecas to their principal towns...a large force was soon collected to defend the village, and capture the French.... They immediately
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 26, 2018
3. Dyagodiyu Marker
pursued the French and arrived at the bay a short time too late. The expedition had left the shore and were not yet out of sight.

John Blacksmith,
Do-ne-ho-ga-weh
(Open Door)
184?

[4] Dyagodiyu, Place of a Battle

As the French and their Indian allies advanced nearly 3,000 strong on Gannagaro, the Seneca prepared an ambush. They placed about one hundred men at Fort Hill to draw the French forward while eight hundred youths waited in two bodies in a swamp and in a ravine near the pathway below. Seneca witnesses would later say their young warriors misttok the advance column for the main body of the French and fire prematurely. A bloody skirmish ensued during which some of the advance party fled in panic. When Denonville brought up his troops to join the fray, the Seneca were forced to retreat. The French army encamped on a height opposite the town that evening and entered unopposed the following day, July 14, 1687.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or CastlesNative Americans.
 
Location. 42° 57.963′ N, 77° 24.847′ W. Marker is in Victor, New York, in Ontario County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Boughton Hill Road (County Route 41) and Victor Holcomb Road (New York State Route 444). Markers are at
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 26, 2018
4. Dyagodiyu Marker
Ganondagan New York State Historic Site. Markers are at the apex of the north loop of the "Trail of Peace". Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Victor NY 14564, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Graves (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gano'so:d (about 500 feet away); Gannagaro (about 500 feet away); Palisades (about 600 feet away); Gahayanduk (about 800 feet away); Jikonhsaseh (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spring (approx. 0.2 miles away); Women's Rights (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victor.
 
Also see . . .  Ganondagan - NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Includes link for the Trail Map. (Submitted on November 17, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 26, 2018
5. Dyagodiyu Markers 1-3
Westward view, right to left.
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 26, 2018
6. Dyagodiyu Markers 1-2
Northward view; right [1], left [2]
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 26, 2018
7. Dyagodiyu Markers 3-4
Southwest view; right [3], left [4]. Longhouse in deep background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 17, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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