WAR! The Battle of New SorGun
The Puget Sound War has spread to the SorGun region. A number of Indian tribes in the area, including the Nisqually, Muckelshoot, and Puyallup have decided to fight, rather than give up their lands in accordance with the poorly negotiated Treaty of Medicine Creek.
The previous month, in January, a raid was conducted against the small town of Seattle.
The local militias were able to repulse the attack on Seattle with the help from the USS Decatur and a detachment of US Marines. Unfortunately the Indian war party has set their sight on the town of New SorGun and the surrounding area.
The Wapato tribe became aware of the danger and warned their friends in New SorGun. It was quickly determined that the town of Junction was indefensible. Orders were given and everybody in the area was to pack what they could and head north towards New SorGun.
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Early in the morning of February 17, the Indian raiders prepared to attack the town of Junction.
Homes outside of town were put to the torch as the sun began to rise.
With no resistance to be seen, the Indian warriors quickly set fire to the main town of Junction.
The main crossroads in town were ablaze in no time.
By the evening, most of the structures in the immediate vicinity of the town were on fire, or already smoldering.
By nighfall, even homes outside of town were set ablaze and burned throughout the night.
For most settlers, years of hard work and a lifetime of savings disappeared in a day.
Fortunately for Farmer Ben, the Indians crossed the Rannug River further upstream, leaving his home and farm untouched. All he could do was watch on the opposite bank.
The next day they came across the Wapato village. Because the Wapato were widely known as friends of the New SorGun settlers, their village was not spared.
Like Junction, the village had been evacuated. The Wapato tribe was safe, but their village was no more.
The Indians made camp in preparation for the big raid. Less than a mile of dense forest separated the two groups – The townsfolk could see the smoke of their campfires rising to the west. For the first time, the fate of New SorGun was in question…
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