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December 23, 2018
Jim Moyer Sunday Word
Sunday Word 2
This is a one sided view. But it is truly a part of the record. We mean to tell the whole story as best we can.
We take a few pages out of Charles Smith's Diary of December 6 and Christmas of 1755.
Charles Lewis writes in his journal on December 6, 1755:
Source of Diary:
In this last command I may,
with the greatest truth, aver that I saw the most horrid, shocking sight I ever yet beheld.
At a house adjoining to the corn-
field, in which our soldiers were employed in gathering corn, we
saw the bodies of three different people who were first massacred,
then scalped, and after thrown into a fire.
These bodies were
not yet quite consumed, but the flesh on many parts of them.
We saw the clothes of these people yet bloody, and the stakes,
the instruments of their death, still bloody and their brains sticking
on them, the orchards cut down, the mills destroyed, and a
wast of all manner of household goods.
These people were, in
my opinion, very industrious, having the best corn I ever saw,
and their plantations well calculated for produce and every other
conveniency, suitable to the station of a farmer.
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