Rome in Oneida County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fort Stanwix National Monument
While missionaries generally went into Indian lands simply with a desire to spread the word of the Christian God and to do good works, the American Revolution involved them in political missions as well. Both the Americans and the British used their missionaries in attempts to sway the Indians to one side or another by mixing politics into their religious messages.
The most influential American missionaries in the Mohawk Valley was the Reverend Samuel Kirkland, who ministered to the Oneida Indians. While in the area, he was headquartered at Fort Stanwix. He reported to Congress on Indian affairs and served as Chaplain to the garrison. This room represents the type of quarters Kirkland might have lived in when he stayed at the fort.
“ . . . Arrived at Oneida . . . In this visit to the Indians, find them more divided in their sentiments to the cause of liberty, & Enemies to the free & united States of America do certainly increase among them.”
Journal of Rev. Samuel Kirkland, October 6th and 7th, 1776
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical Forts and Castles • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is October 6, 1838.
Location. 43° 12.627′ N, 75° 27.31′ W. Marker is in Rome, New York, in Oneida County. Marker can be reached from Black River Blvd. (New York State Route 26), on the right when traveling west. Marker is located inside Fort Stanwix. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 E Park Street, Rome NY 13440, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Suttler (here, next to this marker); Visiting Officers’ Lodging (here, next to this marker); Artillerymen (a few steps from this marker); Soldiers’ Quarters: Casemate (a few steps from this marker); Soldiers’ Quarters: Barracks Building (a few steps from this marker); Junior Officers’ Quarters (a few steps from this marker); Guard Duty (within shouting distance of this marker); Family Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rome.
More about this marker. A picture on the marker depicts Rev. Kirkland speaking with an Indian in his quarters in Fort Stanwix.
Also see . . . Fort Stanwix National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 6, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 278 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 6, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.