Near Oriskany in Oneida County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Ambush: August 6, 1777
Survivors of the initial strike regrouped on higher ground west of the ravine and waged a more organized defense by fighting in pairs, one man reloading his musket while the other fired. The battle at Oriskany lasted over four hours. As the afternoon wore on, the Mohawk and Seneca grew discouraged and eventually left. Johnson's Royal Greens ultimately retired as well, leaving the militia badly damaged, but not destroyed.
After the battle, the few devastated militiamen and the Oneida left standing could only care for a few wounded. According to oral tradition, the Oneida saved many of the wounded militiamen by hiding them until they could be removed under the cover of darkness. Most
Who Won?That depends on your point of view. Although the Tryon County militia held the battlefield at day's end, they failed to relieve Fort Stanwix, suffered 500+ casualties, and lost most of their commanders, including General Nicholas Herkimer. The British failed to regain the valley or move on to support General Burgoyne's army at Saratoga. Sir John Johnson and the other Loyalists became refugees, never recovering their homes in New York. The Mohawk, Seneca, and Oneida not only lost lives and property, but also suffered from a lasting rift in the Iroquois Confederacy of the Six Nations.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Native Americans • War, US Revolutionary.
Location. 43° 10.546′ N, 75° 22.137′ 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. This historic marker is located at the Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Aftermath of a Tragedy (a few steps from this marker); Near This Spot (within shouting distance of this marker); The Military Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Ambush Started Here (within shouting distance of this marker); General Herkimer's Troops (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); To The Unknown Patriotic Soldiers of Tryon County (about 500 feet away); Preserving a Memorial Park (about 500 feet away); Relief for Fort Stanwix (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oriskany.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 14, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.