Attack on German Flatts (1757)
Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Attack on German Flatts (1757)
French and Indian War
November 12, 1757
commander1=M. de Bettetre
commander2=Johan Jost Petrie
strength1=300 French and Indian
On November 12, 1757 during the
French and Indian War, German Flatts, in the Province of New Yorkwas attacked and destroyed by a combined force of French and Indians.
A force of 300 French regulars and Indians under the command of
François-Marie Picoté de Belestrefrom Quebec went up Block River Valley and crossed into West Canada Valley north of German Flatts. On November 12, 1757 at around 3am they launched an attack on German Flatts from the hills north of the village. The Germans had five blockhouses which they quickly surrendered. Forty were killed, all the buildings were destroyed, and most of the inhabitants were captured and taken back to Canada. Some of the inhabitants fled over the Mohawk to Fort Herkimerfor safety.
The inhabitants had been warned of the attack by friendly Oneida Indians, but they ignored the warning and made no preparations. The prisoners were exchanged and returned the next year.
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