The Battle of Fort Freeland. On the evening of July 28th, 300 Seneca Indians and 100 British soldiers arrived and attacked the 80 settlers at Fort Freeland. It’s reported that out of the 80 living there, only about 20 were capable of using a gun to defend themselves. The settlers fought valiantly, until their ammunition ran out. The women even melted down all of the pewter spoons and plates in the fort to make additional musket balls, but it was not enough. Eventually the inhabitants were forced to surrender as they ran out of ammunition.