The Sullivan Expedition
, led by Major General John Sullivan
, was commissioned by the Continental Congress
to end the threat of the four nations of the Iroquois
who had sided with the British
in the American Revolutionary War
. It occurred during the summer of 1779
and only had one major battle, at Newtown, where the Tories
and Iroquois were decisively defeated. Sullivan then methodically destroyed Iroquois homes and farms throughout what is now upstate New York
, effectively neutralizing the threat against the fledgeling American nation.
For more information see the Upstate portion of History of New York.