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Welcome to Oriskany Battlefield

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2011
1. Welcome to Oriskany Battlefield Marker
Inscription. Oriskany Battlefield stands at the very heart of the American Revolution in the Mohawk River Valley. As in past conflicts, in 1777 the valley again became a critical military corridor for the movement of men and materials.

The story of the battlefield reflects the subtlety and depth of human experience as British Loyalists with their Seneca and Mohawk sympathizers ambushed colonists and their Oneida allies, each side determined to defend its values and way of life to the death. It was here, on August 6, that the British Campaign of 1777, a strategic effort to isolate New England from the rest of the colonies, began to fail.

The British Campaign of 1777
The British invasion of New York in 1777 attempted to separate the New England colonies from the southern colonies. General John Burgoyne would move south through the Champlain Valley from Canada, while General Barry St.Leger would move west up the St.Lawrence River to Fort Ontario at Oswego and then east along the Mohawk. Clinton's army would strike northward up the Hudson Valley from New York City, meeting the others at Albany.

This 1902 painting, The Army of General Burgoyne, by Edward Lamson Henry, depicts the British army marching south along the Hudson River. The early success Burgoyne enjoyed did not bode well for the American
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By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2011
2. Welcome to Oriskany Battlefield Marker
Close-up view of the painting of General Burgoyne's Army marching along the Hudson River, that is displayed on the historic marker.
rebellion. After St.Leger's army, 1,200 strong and comprised of British regulars, German mercenaries, and Loyalist divisions working with Native American allies, stalled at Fort Stanwix, Burgoyne found himself increasingly isolated as he approached Albany. He finally surrendered his entire army at Saratoga on October 17, 1777.

 
Location. 43° 10.628′ N, 75° 22.199′ W. Marker is near Oriskany, New York, in Oneida County. Marker can be reached from Rome Oriskany Road 0.4 miles east of Monument Road. Click for map. This historic marker is located at the Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site park, at the back edge of the parking lot, along the walking path that leads to the Oriskany Battlefield Memorial Monument. 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. Relief for Fort Stanwix (here, next to this marker); Site of The Battle of Oriskany (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
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By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2011
3. Welcome to Oriskany Battlefield Marker
View of the historic marker as part of a two marker display panel.
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.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansWar, US Revolutionary
 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 29, 2011
4. Welcome to Oriskany Battlefield Marker
View of the historic marker, situated at the edge of the parking lot, along the walking path that leads to the Oriskany Battlefield Memorial Monument.
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By David Graff, November 15, 2002
5. Welcome to Oriskany Battlefield Marker
This old version of the marker was replaced by the newer one probably around 2010.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 394 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   5. submitted on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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