The Battle of Lime Hill
The Battle: Joseph Eliot describes the action “About 10:00 AM in the morning, they were seen on the path at a distance from us, appearing to proceed with caution, and one of them considerably in advance. We
The Captives: Roswell Franklin’s wife, Jerusha and children Olive, age 13, Susannah, age 11, Stephen, age 4, and Icabod, age 1 1/2 , were taken from their home in Hanover Township between Nanitcoke and Wilkes-Barre on Sunday April 8th 1782 by hostile Indians, who burned their home behind them and marched the Franklin
The Rescue Party: The rescue party of eight was led by Sgt. Thomas Baldwin, and included Joseph Elliot, John Swift, Oliver Bennett, Watson Baldwin, Gideon Dudley, Mr. Cook and Mr. Taylor. Most had been with Sullivan’s army and were acquainted with the country. Joseph Elliot was already a hero having escaped from the defeat at Wyoming, swimming the river with a bullet in his back. He had also fought with Washington’s Army at Trenton and Princeton.
The Indians: Thirteen Iroquois Indians, from the Finger Lakes region of New York State. General Sullivan’s army had burned all the major hostile Indian towns in the Iroquois territory in reprisal for British, Tory and Indian attacks on American settlements such as Wyoming. After the Sullivan Campaign, the Indians continued to raid white settlements and families such as the Roswell Franklin family.
The pursuit and the ambush is set: The rescue party hurriedly left the fort at Wilkes-Barre. Presuming the Indians were headed up the Great Warrior Trial to New York State, they took short cuts and got ahead of the Indians. They proceeded up the Sullivan Trail to Lime Hill where the rescue party choose to set up their ambush. On the ridge in front of and to the right
The rescue of the children: The remaining children started off through the woods toward the rescue party when they heard a friendly voice say, “Run dear souls run” and the children ran into the lines of the rescue party.
The Aftermath: The rescue party waited until almost sunset to make sure the Indians were gone. They went forward to find the bodies of five-six Indians and poor Mrs. Franklin. They hurriedly buried Mrs. Franklin, probably scalped the dead Indians and recovered their weapons and packs. The rescue party suffered only town wounded men. Mrs. Franklin was dead and Icobod was missing, presumed dead. After dark, the rescue party and three surviving children, made their way down the Dunn Run gorge to the river, making sure the Indians were gone. They built a raft and floated down to Wilkes-Barre where the children were reunited with their father, Roswell Franklin. This was the last action of the Revolutionary War in what is now Bradford County.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • War, US Revolutionary • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the The Sullivan-Clinton Expedition Against the Iroquois Indians series list.
Location. 41° 43.403′ N, 76° 17.454′ W. Marker is in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, in Bradford County. Memorial is on Grand Army of the Republic Hwy (US 6). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wyalusing PA 18853, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lime Hill (here, next to this marker); Limehill Battlefield / Joseph Elliott (here, next to this marker); Camptown Races (approx. 0.3 miles away); Azilum (approx. 0.6 miles away); Asylum (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Asylum (approx. 1.4 miles away); Warriors Path (approx. 2.4 miles away); Landscapes of Conservation (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wyalusing.
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