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Near Oriskany in Oneida County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Site of The Battle of Oriskany

August 6, 1777

 

—Historic New York —

 
Site of The Battle of Oriskany Marker (Restored) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
1. Site of The Battle of Oriskany Marker (Restored)
Inscription.
Historic New York
Site of The Battle of Oriskany
August 6, 1777
The Battle of Oriskany was one of the bloodiest engagements of the American Revolution. British and Indians here ambushed the Tryon County militia as they were marching to the relief of Fort Stanwix (Rome). General Nicholas Herkimer, though wounded, rallied his forces and directed the fighting until the enemy fled.
Defeated at Oriskany and unable to force the surrender of Fort Stanwix, the British retreated to Canada. These reverses, with their defeat at Saratoga, thwarted Burgoyne's plan to divide the colonies by conquering New York.
Education Department
State of New York 1965
Department of Public Works

 
Erected 1965 by Education Department, State of New York, Department of Public Works.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Battlefield Trails - Revolutionary War, the Historic New York, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 43° 10.628′ N, 75° 22.2′ W. Marker is near Oriskany, New York, in Oneida County. Marker is on Memorial Drive near State Route 69 (New York State Route 69), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The Large state marker is near the parking
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 17, 2008
2. Site of The Battle of Oriskany
Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site - Near Oriskany, New York
area at the end of Memorial Drive. Memorial Drive is essentially the driveway into the State Historic Site from Route 69. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7801 State Route 69, Oriskany NY 13424, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Oriskany Battlefield (here, next to this marker); Relief for Fort Stanwix (here, next to this marker); The Oriskany Battle Monument (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Here the Battle of Oriskany Was Fought (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rally (within shouting distance of this marker); A Clash of Cultures (within shouting distance of this marker); Alliances Drawn (within shouting distance of this marker); Campaign of 1777 (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Oriskany.
 
Regarding Site of The Battle of Oriskany. Considered to be a significant turning point in the War of Independence, the Battle of Oriskany, fought on August 6, 1777, has been described as one of the bloodiest battles of the war. A monument was dedicated on August 6, 1884, to serve as a memorial to those who fought so bravely and tenaciously to preserve freedom. Oriskany Battlefield
Site of The Battle of Oriskany Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
3. Site of The Battle of Oriskany Marker
was designated a New York State historic site in 1927. In recognition of the site's exceptional historic value, the battlefield was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963. Today, visitors to the battlefield can walk the site, read a series of interpretive signs, and visit a historic encampment during special events.

In August 1777, while the British were attacking Fort Stanwix, Brigadier General Nicholas Herkimer assembled 800 militiamen, supported by 60 allied Oneida warriors, and marched from Fort Dayton to aid against the siege. Upon hearing of Herkimer's advance, British and Loyalist troops under Sir John Johnson and Col. John Butler, and Indian forces led by Mohawk Joseph Brant, set a trap in a boggy ravine west of Oriskany Creek. As the unsuspecting American troops crossed the swampy bottom and marched up the ravine, the British attacked. The patriots fought in brutal hand-to-hand combat, and in spite of heavy losses, caused the Seneca and the Mohawks, followed by the British and Loyalists to retreat. It was in this battle that General Herkimer received the wound to his leg which led to his death ten days later.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .  Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site
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By Scott J. Payne, August 8, 2015
4. Site of The Battle of Oriskany Marker
. Offical State of New York website (Submitted on September 26, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.) 
 
Additional keywords. Nicholas Herkimer, St. Ledger, Fort Stanwix, Fort Schuyler, Sir John Johnson, Colonel Peter Gansevoort, Tories, Colonel John Butler, Joseph Brant, Mohawk, Seneca, Indians
 
Categories. Notable PersonsNotable PlacesPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Site of The Battle of Oriskany Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, Oriskany
5. Site of The Battle of Oriskany Marker
The Battle of Oriskany Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 17, 2008
6. The Battle of Oriskany Marker
The large blue Site of the Battle of Oriskany marker can be seen on the left. The tall stone obelisk is the Battle of Oriskany Monument.
The Battle of Oriskany Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 17, 2008
7. The Battle of Oriskany Marker
Another view of the Battle of Oriskany Monument from one of the trails. The Site of the Battle of Oriskany marker can be seen on the left
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By Scott J. Payne, August 8, 2015
8. Site of The Battle of Oriskany Marker
View upon entering the battlefield. Looking west.
Site of The Battle of Oriskany Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott J. Payne, August 8, 2015
9. Site of The Battle of Oriskany Marker
<center><b>The Oriskany Battle Monument</b></center> image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 17, 2008
10.
The Oriskany Battle Monument
On August 6, 1877, the centennial commemorating the Battle of Oriskany was celebrated. Ex-New York Governor Horatio Seymour was the main speaker. At sunrise, salutes fired from the guns on the battlefield announced a glorious day. Every home in the village of Oriskany was decorated, and 70,000 people came to the celebration on foot, by wagon, horseback, carriage, boat and by rail. It was a day to remember!

Spurred on by the centennial festivities, funds for a monument were collected. This monument, erected from the stones of the dismantled Erie Canal weigh lock at Utica, was dedicated in 1884.
The Base of the Battle of Oriskany Monument image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 17, 2008
11. The Base of the Battle of Oriskany Monument
Commissioned in 1882, the monument was erected by the residents of the Mohawk Valley under the auspices of the Oneida Historical Society, the State of New York and the federal government. The limestone for the main shaft of the obelisk was dismatled from the Erie Canal weighlock.
Detail of The Battle of Oriskany Monument image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 17, 2008
12. Detail of The Battle of Oriskany Monument
Bas-Relief Bronze sculpture depicting a wounded Brigadier General Nicholas Herkimer, one boot off his wounded leg, resting on his saddle, his sword on the ground nearby, supported by an aid, directing his militiamen and Oneida Indain allies during the Battle of Oriskany.
Work Commissioned July 4, 1882. Dedicated Aug. 6, 1884
Sculptor Maurice J. Power, 1838-1902
<i>"Put Two Men Behind Each Tree</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
13. "Put Two Men Behind Each Tree
General Herkimer at the Battle of Oriskany, August 6th, 1777. Illustrated postcard view of the battle.
 
 
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