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After Revolution, this Tory was not welcomed home

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What was Benjamin Beacraft thinking? After terrorizing his neighbors throughout the American Revolution, Beacraft figured that once the war was over he’d return to his home in the Schoharie Valley and resume life as if nothing had happened. His fellow citizens, now full-fledged Americans, had other ideas. “He was thinking all’s fair in love and war,” said Jeff O’Connor, a local historian whose book, “Thunder in the Valley,” was about the 1777 Battle of the ...

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