Near Oriskany in Oneida County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
I Will Face The Enemy
—8th stop on the walking tour —
Directing the battle while leaning against his saddle and smoking his old black pipe, Herkimer noticed that the Indians were watching the white puffs of smoke from the militamen's muskets. The Indians knew that in the few seconds it would take to reload, they could rush in to attack with their tomahawks.
After a violent thunderstorm caused a one-hour lull in the battle, Herkimer had his men regroup on higher ground. This time they would fight by twos, so that while one reloaded the other fired. This strategy quickly discouraged the Indians, who soon retreated from the battlefield.
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 43° 10.559′ N, 75° 22.137′ W. Marker was near Oriskany, New York, in Oneida County. Marker was on Rome Oriskany Road (New York State Route 69) 0.4 miles east of Monument Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker was in this post office area: Oriskany NY 13424, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Near This Spot (a The Ambush: August 6, 1777 (a few steps from this marker); Aftermath of a Tragedy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Military Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Ambush Started Here (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ambush (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); A Final Attempt (about 400 feet away but has been reported missing); The military road and the ravine (about 400 feet away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Oriskany.
More about this marker. This historical marker is the 8th stop in a walking tour of the Oriskany Battlefield.
Regarding I Will Face The Enemy. I stopped by this historic site on my journey to visit with my daughter's family in Connecticut. Upon arriving at in the parking area I noticed that there were some new markers, so I took the full walking tour and noticed several changes to this park site.
First, when I made my original
Second, it appeared that the National Park Service had made some improvements to the park, including changing the course of the steep walking trail through the ravine at the ambush site, removing some old and faded markers, and added some new and different markers.
From talking with the park ranger it would appear that this marker was one of the old and faded historical markers that was removed and that there is no intention of replacing this specific historical marker.
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