I guess my main point in writing publicly about my ancestor is to see he gets the respect he deserves from historians.
Joseph Brant is well known world-wide for his activities and accomplishments in his lifetime. He is also often listed among the great chiefs and war chiefs of the Americas, along with Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Geronimo and Tecumseh.
I would argue that Honyere Doxtator belongs in the same category as these men and most definitely as Brant.
I think that some of the reasons why he has not been recognized accordingly thus far is threefold;
The main point being that Honyere and Oneidas were an American ally instead of enemy. Americans are much more fascinated by their enemies who inflicted many casualties on their populations.
Second by being an ally it was up to their white allies to document their services, which was not done often or accurately by Americans.
Lastly being their relatively small numbers.
Honyere and his Oneida warriors which seemed to amount to no more then 60-80 warriors served throughout the Revolutionary War.
Their scouting alone was an invaluable service which allowed the Americans forces to have a early detection system of hostile enemy forces entering their territories.
The fought in at least 10 major engagements with British soldiers, Tories, and allied Indians.
They killed at least 100 enemy, wounded at least 46 and took 86 prisoners throughout their services to the Americans. They were one of three tribes who allied with the Americans in the northeast, the other being the Stockbridge, and a handful of Tuscaroras.
Because of their American attachments Oneidas had two of their villages destroyed and were forced to be refugees and accept reluctant American help and racism.
They had at least 17 of their warriors killed. Which was a gigantic loss in comparison to their population. Them having lost 1/4 of their men as providers,husbands, and fathers.
With the exception of Unadilla Raid, all of the Oneidas war service took place against soldiers and them being far outnumbered. They were also more eager to take prisoners then to kill. They also never harmed women and children.
Brant in contrast took part in more raids, but most of his war record is built on the killing of men, women, and children civilians in small villages and towns, who were vastly outnumbered by British forces.
As everyone knows history has been cruel to the Oneidas them being the first to lose their homelands and having to relocate. Their story should be a sad, tragic lesson for all Americans.
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