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Illustration depicting the murder of Delaware people who had converted to Christianity at the Moravian Mission of Gnadenhutten. On March 8 and 9, 1782, a group of Pennsylvania militiamen under the command of Captain David Williamson attacked the Moravian Church mission founded by David Zeisberger at Gnadenhutten, Ohio. The Americans attacked the Native Americans in retaliation for the deaths and kidnappings of several white Pennsylvanians, although these Native Americans had not been involved in the incidents in question. The Christian Delawares had abandoned Gnadenhutten the year before, but some of them had returned to harvest crops that were still in the fields. In all, Williamson's men murdered twenty-eight men, twenty-nine women, and thirty-nine children. There were only two survivors, who informed the Moravian missionaries and other Christian Native Americans as to what had occurred.


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