Hannah Handy lived near Royalton, Vt. when on October 16, 1780, the town was destroyed by three hundred Native Americans led by British troops. Hannah’s son was seized along with other men and boys. Four men were killed and 32 others taken prisoner and sold in Canada to the British for a bounty. Hannah followed and confronted British Captain Horton demanding their release. She rescued her son and eight other boys by wading across the White River to safety, carrying two boys while the others held on to her skirt.
The Burning of Royalton, Vermont, October 16, 1780
The British raiding party slaughtered cattle, sheep, pigs, burned buildings and destroyed grain and forage. Of the 30 families living there, 27 were taken prisoner and four were killed. Many of the captives were taken to Canada and sold.
The Revolutionary War was fought from 1775 to 1783. It began as a revolt of the colonies against what they believed was unfair taxation. While it started as a conflict between Great Britain and the thirteen American colonies, it soon became a global conflict. France actively sided with the colonies, and the French naval fleet was instrumental in defeating the British at Yorktown. Holland supplied the colonies weapons, while Spain supplied funding and diverted British forces by fighting on a second front and winning back Spanish forts in Florida that they lost during the Seven Years War. No independent country sided with Great Britain, but Britain employed German mercenaries, known as Hessians.
This Hannah Handy history mug is part of our Revolutionary War series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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