Counterattacks "Big with Their Victories"
Brethern those lands are yours as well as ours. God gave them to us to live upon. Before the white people shall settle them for nothing, we will sprinkle the leaves with their blood or die every man of us in the attempt. -- Seneca to Shawnee and Delaware
I find the affair of the Indians appears to be more general than I had once apprehended. -- Sir Jeffirey Amherst
I long to hear the Grenadier's March, and see some redcoats. -- Captain Ourry at besieged Fort Bedford
I wish they would take a notion to make an assualt, even should there be 5,000, for the more they have, the more we shall kill. -- Captain Simeon Ecuyer
It took over a month for the first word of the uprising to travel from the frontier to General Jeffrey Amherst at his New York City headquarters. On June 5 he received reports from Captain Simeon Ecuyer detailing the attacks throughout western Pennsylvania and elsewhere, followed the next day by similar news from Colonel Henry Bouquet. Typically, Amherst dismissed the reports: "I am persauded that this alarm will end in nothing more than a rash attempt of what the Senecas have been threatening and we have heard of for some time past."1 Doomsdayers; had cried wolf once too many times for the general.
Amherst certainly hoped the attacks were merely local minor incidents.