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

A Clash of Cultures

 
 
A Clash of Cultures Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2011
1. A Clash of Cultures Marker
Inscription. The out break of the Revolutionary War in 1775 inflamed existing divisions within the Mohawk Valley's European communities and eventually affected individuals as well as tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy of the Six Nations. Forced to choose sides in the conflict, neighbors fought against neighbors and brothers against brothers. Men suspected of supporting the King were required to sign oaths of loyalty to Congress and the Revolutionary cause. Those who refused were harassed and sometimes badly beaten. Many fled with their families to Canada for safety.

As European tensions rose, debate within the Iroquois Confederacy tore at the centuries-old tradition of the Great Peace that bound the tribes together. Unable to remain neutral, the Iroquois Confederacy split over which side to support. Most of the Oneida and Tuscarora supported the Revolution and fought with the New York militia. Most Mohawk and Seneca warriors fought with the British. The Cayuga and Onondaga remained neutral until 1779. Individuals throughout the Iroquois Confederacy, however, were free to follow their own convictions.

A great majority of militiamen were of Palatine German descent and had strong historic reasons for disliking the British and fighting for greater personal freedoms

The Iroquois Confederacy of Six Nations included
A Clash of Cultures Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2011
2. A Clash of Cultures Marker
the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Tuscarora, Oneida, and Mohawk.


Iroquois clan mothers urged their tribes not to get involved with the Revolution as it was a white man's war.
 
Location. 43° 10.647′ N, 75° 22.163′ W. Marker is near Oriskany, New York, in Oneida County. Marker can be reached from Rome Oriskany Road (New York State Route 69) 0.4 miles east of Monument Road. Click for map. This historic marker is located at the Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site park and can only be reached by walking. Marker is 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 marker. Alliances Drawn (here, next to this marker); The Rally (a few steps from this marker); In the Valley homes was great mourning (a few steps from this marker); Here the Battle of Oriskany Was Fought (within shouting distance of this marker); Campaign of 1777 (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); The Oriskany Battle Monument (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Relief for Fort Stanwix (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Oriskany Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Oriskany.
 
More about this marker. This historical marker is part of a walking tour of the Oriskany Battlefield.
 
Categories. Native AmericansWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 312 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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