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Two complete and authentic issue of The Weekly Register,” Baltimore, January 15, 1814 and February 5, 1814, each 16pp., disbound, VG. Each issue contains numerous War of 1812 reports, but we will focus of the battles along the Niagara Frontier. January 15th issue several pages regarding Newark and Buffalo. In small part is a call to arms by General Geo. McClure, the capture of Newark the loss of Lewiston ... in part,”A general fight ensued - the Indians entered and began to plunder, to burn and to murder. ...they killed at and near Lewiston, eight to ten who were found all scalped with the exceptin of one whose head was cut off ...not a house within my sight but is in flames ...” Then from the February 5th issue an exchange by the combatants detailing their side of the battles. The British commander Prevost issues a Proclamation, in part “it became a matter of imperious duty, to retaliate on America the miseries which the unfortunate Inhabitants of Newark had been made to suffer upon the evacuation of Fort George. The Villages of Lewiston, Black Rock, and Buffalo, have accordingly been burned. ... set fire to upwards of 150 houses, composing the beautiful village of Newark, and burned them to the ground, leaving without covering or shelter those ... Then, in the same issue is New York Governor Tompkins’ response, in part “...The recent invasion by the enemy of the western frontier of this state, and the extraordinary surrender to him of the garrison and fort of Niagara, the burning of flourishing villages and settlements; the pillage of private property, and the massacre of peaceable inhabitants of that frontier by a savage foe, are melancholy occurrences ... The conduct of the enemy during that invasion was marked by a disregard of the rules of civilized warfare, and by a malignant ferocity. Many of our fellow citizens, who were at peace with their families, were murdered and scalped. The bodies of many of those who were wounded or taken prisoners in the engagement at Black Rock, have been found mangled in the most shocking manner by the tomahawk and scalping knife. ...”
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These Extraordinary Papers Report the Scalping From Both Combatants Along the Niagara Frontier

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