We happened upon the site of the torture and deaths of Messrs. Boyd and Parker, circa 1793 today making our way north down the Genesee valley. Wikipedia has a somewhat biased opinion:
Native American raids in Upstate New York compelled General George Washington to send General John Sullivan with some 3500 men into Western New York to displace the Senecas; destroy their crops, villages, and food supplies; and remove the threat to settlers.You see, the sign at the site says the event happened near "the Seneca Castle" which is revision for "the Seneca Town", the destruction of which community was the point of the Sullivan march into western NY. Hard to figure out how it gets to be a "raid" when your territory is being invaded. A nice and certainly quieter area now, though.
And in other news, west of Rochester on highway 33 there are miles and miles of cabbage fields.