History From America's Most Famous Valleys
When General James Clinton's army moved southward out of Canajohaire in 1779, it seemed that the war had turned temporarily in favor of the Patriots. The expedition that came westward along the Mohawk was ordered by Congress in response to appeals for help by the County Committee of Safety. Indian raids had become more numerous and reports of massacres, some of them rumors and others very factual, had terrorized the valley settlers.
The forces, merged with those of General Sullivan, moved into the Tioga-Chemung area where Indian crops were burned. The defending British forces led by Sir John Johnson and Chief Joseph Brant were unable to save the Iroquois from the serious setback.