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

The Rally

 
 
The Rally Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 17, 2008
1. The Rally Marker
Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site, Oriskany, New York
Inscription.  
Both sides regrouped during a driving rain. Herkimers's troops concentrated here, forming an irregular circle. The attackers were on all sides.
 
Erected by State of New York.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable EventsWar, US Revolutionary.
 
Location. 43° 10.642′ N, 75° 22.166′ W. Marker is near Oriskany, New York, in Oneida County. Marker can be reached from Memorial Drive (New York State Route 69). The Rally marker is in Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site which is located at 7801 New York State Route 69. Memorial Drive is essentially the driveway into the State Historic Site from Route 69. The marker is located on the northeast side of the tall stone Oriskany Battlefield Monument. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7801 State Route 69, Oriskany NY 13424, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Clash of Cultures (a few steps from this marker); Alliances Drawn (a few steps from this marker); Here the Battle of Oriskany Was Fought (a few steps from this
The Rally Marker (Restored) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
2. The Rally Marker (Restored)
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marker); In the Valley homes was great mourning (within shouting distance of this marker); Relief for Fort Stanwix (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Oriskany Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of The Battle of Oriskany (within shouting distance of this marker); Near This Spot (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oriskany.
 
Regarding The Rally.
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 Battlefied 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
The Rally Marker on the Oriskany Battlefield image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
3. The Rally Marker on the Oriskany Battlefield
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 marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site. Official New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation website entry (Submitted on October 1, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.) 

2. The Battle at Oriska. National Park Service website entry (Submitted on October 25, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Additional keywords.
The Rally Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 17, 2008
4. The Rally Marker
The Rally marker is shown with the Battle of Oriskany Monument, enclosed within a raw iron fence, in the background.
Nicholas Herkimer, St. Ledger, Fort Stanwix, Fort Schuyler, Sir John Johnson, Colonel Peter Gansevoort, Tories, Colonel John Butler, Joseph Brant, Mohawk, Seneca, Indians
 
<center><b>The Oriskany Battle Monument</b></center> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 17, 2008
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The Oriskany Battle Monument
On August 6, 1877, the centennial commemorating the Battle of Oriskany was celebrated. Ex-Governor Horatio Seymore 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!

Commissioned in 1882, and dedicated in 1884, 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 dismantled from the Erie Canal weighlock in Utica.
<center><b>The Oriskany Battle Monument: Detail - Northeast Plaques</b></center> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 17, 2008
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The Oriskany Battle Monument: Detail - Northeast Plaques
Lists of Officers and Enlisted Men who Fought at Oriskany on August 6, 1777
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 1, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 890 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 1, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   2, 3. submitted on August 3, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   4, 5, 6. submitted on October 1, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 1, 2022