Town of Lewiston Supervisor Steve Reiter (right) and Councilman Michael Marra recently visited Susan Geissler's Youngstown studio to check on the progress of the Tuscarora Heroes Monument. The larger-than-life bronze sculptures will depict a tableau of two Tuscarora men saving a Lewiston woman and her baby during the War of 1812 British attack on Lewiston. They and will be unveiled on Dec. 19, the 200th anniversary of the invasion.
Despite being outnumbered 30-to-1, the Tuscaroras bluffed the enemy into thinking there was a large force ready to strike back. The strategy worked and the British temporarily halted, giving Lewiston residents enough time to run for their lives and escape east on Ridge Road. While about a dozen Lewiston residents were killed in the attack, the Tuscaroras are credited with saving the lives of dozens more.
The Town of Lewiston is the presenting sponsor of the monument, with additional support from the Village of Lewiston, Niagara County, KeyBank and the Daughter of 1812.
"Lewiston will be forever grateful to the Tuscaroras for coming to our aid in our greatest hour of need," Reiter said. "This monument will stand for hundreds of years as a tribute to their bravery and a testament to our friendship and brotherhood as neighbors."