The Indian Captive
In the pre-dawn hours of October 16, 1780, the settlement of Royalton, Vermont was attacked by Indians under the command of a British Lieutenant named Horton. The residents were rousted out of their beds by the screaming horde of painted warriors as their once peaceful village was plundered and burned. Murder and mayhem were everywhere. People watched helplessly as their wives, husbands and children were put to death and their homes were burned. They suffered unspeakable pain and suffering at the hands of their attackers.
Some were taken captive and forced to march through the wilderness to Canada as prisoners to be turned over to the British, or to be tortured and killed by the Indians. Zadock Steele was of those captives. He managed to survive and return to his home. This is his story as told by himself.