The book I am reading is Forgotten Allies. It discusses the role of the Oneida Indians in the American Revolution. I am familiar with the Battle of Oriskany from reading a few books on the subject. Amazingly, according to the author 12% of the Colonial forces were Onieda Indians. While the large contingent of indians fought for Brandt under St. Ledger the contributions of the Onieda
seem to be downplayed in accounts of these campaigns.
The book starts with President Monroe hosting the last surviving American Revolutionary War General Lafayette. America did lavish a large sum of money on Lafayette and he named his son after George Washington.
The story starts with Lafayette on Tour of America greeted by an adoring nation. Lafayette stops in Oriskany NY to be greeted by crowds. The general is greeted by a few veterans that he recognized. However, Lafayette asks where are the Oneida. The requests stuns the locals and asks to meet with the Oneida. The locals find a handful of Oneidas in the area. Lafayette remembers two of them on sight Blatcop Tonyentagoyon and Henry Cornelius. He granted the Oneidas something he granted nobody else a private audience. The Oneida told them how they had lost much of their land and could not even hold a great hunt. Many were moving to Wisconsin. The Oneida had a special name for Lafayette Keyewalla or Great Warrior.
Over the next few days I will be discussing some of the material about the Oneida and the American Revolution. In an ideal world European Settlers kill each other and leave Indians in peace unfortunately this does not happen.
The rest is history.