Phillips Rangers' Massacre Remembrance Ceremony Held in Bedford County
July 8, 2021
On July 16, 1780, 11 Bedford County Rangers under the command of Captain William Phillips were ambushed by a combined detachment of British troops and Seneca warriors in the Woodcock Valley. The ambush resulted in a pitched battle and the outcome of that battle was the forced surrender of Captain Phillips and his company.
While Captain Phillips and his son, Elijah, were forced to walk 300 miles northward to Fort Niagara and spend a couple years in captivity in Canada, the other ten Bedford County Rangers were tied to the trees surrounding a small clearing on the east slope of Tussey Mounta...