Near Mohawk in Herkimer County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lieutenant Adam F. Helmer
Famous Mohawk Valley Scout
Famous Mohawk Valley Scout
On Aug. 6, 1777 carried military orders
for General Nicholas Herkimer
On Sept. 16, 1778 warned the settlers
at German Flats of the approach
of Joseph Brant and his warriors
Erected 1938 by the Mohawk Valley Historical Association and the Helmer Family Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1850.
Location. 43° 1.057′ N, 74° 57.251′ W. Marker is near Mohawk, New York, in Herkimer County. Marker is on New York State Route 5S west of Plantation Road, on the left when traveling east. This historic marker is located on the grounds of the historic Fort Herkimer Church, between the southern boundary of the church cemetery and the state highway 5S. There are two "40 Mile March of General Herkimer" markers that are located in this area and this particular marker is located in between the both of them. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mohawk NY 13407, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 Site of Fort Herkimer (a few steps from this marker); Here Was Born Nicholas Herkimer (a few steps from this marker); Fort Herkimer (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Herkimer (approx. 0.3 miles away); General Nicolas Herrhheimer (approx. 1.9 miles away); Fred'ck Staring (approx. 1.9 miles away); Early Village Burying Ground (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Thirty-Fourth Regiment (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mohawk.
Regarding Lieutenant Adam F. Helmer. It was a special treat for me to find the historic marker for Adam Helmer, because of the role that he played in inspiring a movie that I have enjoyed watching for many years, "Drums Along the Mohawk." The movie was directed by John Ford and released in 1939. It was based on a popular novel by the same name which provided an overview of the Revolutionary War era events of this area, including General Herkimer's march to relieve Fort Stanwix, the Battle of Oriskany, the 1778 attack on the settlement at German Flatts, and the famous run of Adam Helmer (which in the movie inspired a similar run by the main character in the movie, Gil Martin, played by Henry Fonda).
Also see . . .
1. Adam Helmer. (Submitted on July 10, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. Lieut Adam Frederick Helmer. Find A Grave website entry (Submitted on July 10, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
3. Adam Helmer's Famous Run. This is a link to an article that was written for the "Enterprise and News" in 1937. (Submitted on July 10, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
4. Drums Along the Mohawk (novel). Wikipedia entry (Submitted on July 10, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
5. Drums Along the Mohawk (film). Wikipedia entry (Submitted on July 10, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 748 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 10, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.