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Fort Plain in Montgomery County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battle of Stone Arabia

Revolutionary War Heritage Trail

 
 
Battle of Stone Arabia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, May 26, 2018
1. Battle of Stone Arabia Marker
Inscription.  

In October 1780 Sir John Johnson led an British raiding force of 875 men up the Schoharie Creek and then west along the Mohawk River, destroying almost every farm in their path. At Stone Arabia, the vanguard of his troops engaged Massachusetts Troops and local militia under Col. John Brown of Fort Paris. Brown and forty men were killed and the prosperous settlement was set afire.

The British continued burning farms, crops and mills all the way to St. Johnsville. West of Fort Klock they again engaged with American militia in an inconclusive battle that ended with sunset. The raiders slipped away under cover of darkness and returned to Canada.
 
Erected by Heritage New York Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1778.
 
Location. 42° 56.557′ N, 74° 33.362′ W. Marker is in Fort Plain, New York, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Ephratah Road, on the right when traveling east. The marker is in the church
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driveway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Plain NY 13339, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Former Dutch Reformed Church (here, next to this marker); Stone Arabia (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Paris (approx. half a mile away); Loucks Tavern (approx. ¾ mile away); Wagner Home (approx. 2.3 miles away); Fort Frey (approx. 2.4 miles away); John Frey (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Erie Canal in Canajoharie (approx. 2.4 miles away).
 
Regarding Battle of Stone Arabia. This raid was enormously successful for the British. The winter encampment for the Continental Army in the winter of 1780-81 at Morristown was more severe than the one endured at Valley Forge, partly because of lack of food supplies caused by this raid.

Sir John Johnson was the son of William Johnson. William Johnson was the Indian agent for the British during the French and Indian War. He had built several forts and manors near Johnstown and Amsterdam, NY
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Klock's Field - Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 31, 2018, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
 
Battle of Stone Arabia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, May 26, 2018
2. Battle of Stone Arabia Marker
Close-up of inset on the marker. The map shows the path of Johnson's raid
Dutch Reformed Church of Stone Arabia image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, May 26, 2018
3. Dutch Reformed Church of Stone Arabia
Stone Arabia Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Scott J. Payne, April 7, 2024
4. Stone Arabia Church
Looking east towards the Stone Arabia Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Scott J. Payne, April 7, 2024
5. Looking east towards the Stone Arabia Church
Colonel John Brown's grave in the cemetery behind the church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Scott J. Payne, April 7, 2024
6. Colonel John Brown's grave in the cemetery behind the church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2024. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2018, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 757 times since then and 139 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 28, 2018, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.   4, 5, 6. submitted on April 14, 2024, by Scott J. Payne of Deposit, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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