Lewiston in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Tuscarora Heroes Monument
On the morning of December 19, 1813, Lewsiton was attacked by British forces and their Native allies from Canada. The British had captured Fort Niagara hours earlier and were intent on destroying Lewiston, in retribution for the burning down of Niagara On The Lake (then called Newark) days earlier by the Americans.
Poorly defended, Lewiston residents could only run for their lives in hopes of escaping the atrocities. Civilians were killed in the rampage and tormented parents found themselves helpless in trying to save their children.
At the moment when Lewiston citizens had lost hope, a small group of Tuscarora men ran down from their village atop The Escarpment and offered the first resistance the enemy had seen. Their ingenious tactics gave the impression that "Their numbers were legion." Fearing a trap, the enemy stopped in its tracks, allowing time for the citizens to escape.
Despite being outnumbered 30-to-1, the Tuscarora heroes risked their lives, took their courageous stand, and came to the aid of their Lewiston neighbors, saving the lives of dozens of grateful citizens.
Names of the known Tuscarora heroes who defended Lewiston during the British attack December 19, 1813.
Presented in gratitude for the friendship and protection given by the Tuscarora Nation by the National Society United States Daughters of 1812; State of New York Society, United States Daughters of 1812; New York Ciy Chapter, United States Daughters of 1812; Niagara Frontier Chapter, United States Daughters of 1812.
Names of known local citizens killed during the British attack on December 19, 1813. "It is not yet ascertained how many were killed as most of the bodies were thrown into the burning houses and consumed." --Albany Argus newspaper, Jan 4, 1814.
Reuben Lewis, Dr. Joseph Alvord, Mead, teamster, Helen Mead, Miles Gillette,
Dedicated on December 19, 2013, in commemoration of the Bicentennial of the Heroic Actions of the Tuscarora Nation. Historical Association of Lewiston, Inc.
Erected 2013 by Historical Association of Lewiston, Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the United States Daughters of 1812 marker series.
Location. 43° 10.349′ N, 79° 2.075′ W. Marker is in Lewiston, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is at the intersection of Center Street (New York State Route 18F) and Portage Road, on the left when traveling west on Center Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lewiston NY 14092, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tuscaroras Defend Lewiston Against 1813 British Attack (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Hustler's Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Dedicated to the Men and Women (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Suspension Bridge Tollhouse Lewiston Academy (about 600 feet away); Opera Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hennepin Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Kelsey Tavern (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewiston.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia - Tuscarora Heroes Monument. (Submitted on April 1, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Webcams for Tuscarora Heroes Monument - Historic Lewiston. The webcams on the monument were out of order at the time of this update, 5/10/2017. (Submitted on April 1, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Categories. • Native Americans • War of 1812 •
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