The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Niles Weekly Register, June 25, 1814

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The British officers and men captured at Sandy Creek (says the Albany Argus) speak in the highest terms of commendation of Major Appling and his rifle corps, to whose humanity and spirited conduct they are probably indebted for the preservation of their lives. The Indians were first to reach the enemy after they submitted, and had commenced executive the savage rule of warfare, sanctioned by anglo-indian example at the Raisin, Lewistown, Tuscarora, &c. of murdering their prisoners, when the major and his men happily arrived and succeeded, by a prompt and determined course, though not without violence, in terminating the tragic scene.

An Indian chief is said to have given vent to his feelings on this occasion in language similar to the following - "When British come to Buffalo, they kill white men, they kill Indian, they kill woman, they burn all houses - when British come here, you no let Indian kill him - you give him eat - this no good." May humanity continue to characterize the American soldier, in despite of the maxims of savage warfare; and may the enemy, won by our example, restrain a practice which has so frequently disgraced the character of his arms.

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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.71979 Longitude: -76.20548
Richard Palmer
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Niles Weekly Register, June 25, 1814