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Middleburgh in Schoharie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Timothy Murphy Trail

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The Timothy Murphy Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, February 23, 2019
1. The Timothy Murphy Trail Marker
Inscription.  Timothy Murphy was Schoharie County's Revolutionary hero. Owner of one of the first double-barreled rifles, he was a sharpshooter known to the Indians as the magic man whose gun would shoot without reloading. As a member of Morgan's Rifles, Murphy fired the shot which killed British General Simon Fraser at the Battle of Saratoga on October 7, 1777. This deprived the English of leadership during the crucial battle which was the turning point of the Revolution.

In 1780, while Murphy was stationed at the Middle Fort the Tories and Indians swept down the Schoharie Valley plundering and killing. Major Woolsey, the commander, was ready to surrender, but Murphy, in the face of a threat to shoot him for insubordination, fired at the enemy and drove them off. He saved the day and the valley and won himself a place in the heart of every Schoharian.
 
Erected 1971 by Education Department/ State of New York/Department of Transportation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic New York marker series.
 
Location. 42° 33.458′ 
The Timothy Murphy Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, February 23, 2019
2. The Timothy Murphy Trail Marker
Marker is in the Schoharie Valley with high ridges to each side.
N, 74° 24.083′ W. Marker is in Middleburgh, New York, in Schoharie County. Marker is on New York State Route 30, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in rest area. Marker is in this post office area: Middleburgh NY 12122, 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. Bouck's Island (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Here Col. John Harper (approx. half a mile away); Indian Trail (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Upper Fort 1777 (approx. 1.8 miles away); Timothy Murphy (approx. 1.8 miles away); a different marker also named Indian Trail (approx. 2.4 miles away); Vroman's Land (approx. 3 miles away); Smoke Generator (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middleburgh.
 
Regarding The Timothy Murphy Trail. The Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys were raided by Sir John Johnson in 1780 to keep supplies from the Continental Army and to generally disrupt life on the western frontier.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Stone Arabia Marker. Marker maps and outlines the intentions of the 1780 raids of John Johnson and Joesph Brant in the Mohawk and Schoharie Valleys. (Submitted on February 23, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.) 

2. Joesph Brant. (Submitted on February 23, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
3. John Johnson. (Submitted on February 23, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
View of the Schoharie Valley image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, February 23, 2019
3. View of the Schoharie Valley
Looking east from the marker across the valley

4. Timothy Murphy. (Submitted on February 23, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
 
Categories. Native AmericansPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on February 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 23, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 23, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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