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

I Will Face The Enemy

 

8th stop on the walking tour

 
I Will Face The Enemy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2010
1. I Will Face The Enemy Marker
Inscription. Gen. Nicholas Herkimer, wounded early in the battle, was carried to a safer spot beneath a beech tree now marked by a stone monument. Although urged by his militiamen to retire from danger, he replied: "I will face the enemy!"

Directing the battle while leaning against his saddle and smoking his old black pipe, Herkimer noticed that the Indians were watching the white puffs of smoke from the militamen's muskets. The Indians knew that in the few seconds it would take to reload, they could rush in to attack with their tomahawks.

After a violent thunderstorm caused a one-hour lull in the battle, Herkimer had his men regroup on higher ground. This time they would fight by twos, so that while one reloaded the other fired. This strategy quickly discouraged the Indians, who soon retreated from the battlefield.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 43° 10.559′ N, 75° 22.137′ W. Marker was near Oriskany, New York, in Oneida County. Marker was on Rome Oriskany Road (New York State Route 69) 0.4 miles east of Monument Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Oriskany NY 13424, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Near This Spot (a few steps from this marker);
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By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2010
2. I Will Face The Enemy Marker
View of the historical marker with the number eight on it's support stand, indicating that this marker is the 8th stop on the Oriskany Battlefield walking tour.
The Ambush: August 6, 1777 (a few steps from this marker); Aftermath of a Tragedy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Military Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Ambush Started Here (within shouting distance of this marker); The Oriskany Battle Monument (was about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing. ); Here the Battle of Oriskany Was Fought (about 500 feet away); Relief for Fort Stanwix (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oriskany.
 
More about this marker. This historical marker is the 8th stop in a walking tour of the Oriskany Battlefield.
 
Regarding I Will Face The Enemy. I stopped by this historic site on my journey to visit with my daughter's family in Connecticut. Upon arriving at in the parking area I noticed that there were some new markers, so I took the full walking tour and noticed several changes to this park site.

First, when I made my original trip here the signs indicated that it
I Will Face The Enemy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2010
3. I Will Face The Enemy Marker
View looking northwest of the historical marker in the right foreground and of the Oriskany Battlefield Monument in the left background.
was a state park that had fallen victim to state budget cuts. This year however the park seemed to have somehow been incorporated into the national park system and I had the opportunity to speak with a national park ranger. The ranger told me that members of the National Park Service staff from neighboring Fort Stanwix rotate service over at the Oriskany Battlefield Park on a daily basis.

Second, it appeared that the National Park Service had made some improvements to the park, including changing the course of the steep walking trail through the ravine at the ambush site, removing some old and faded markers, and added some new and different markers.

From talking with the park ranger it would appear that this marker was one of the old and faded historical markers that was removed and that there is no intention of replacing this specific historical marker.
 
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I Will Face The Enemy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2010
4. I Will Face The Enemy Marker
View looking west, from the backside of the historical marker, of the stone marker, next to the beech tree that marked the spot where the wounded General Herkimer had been carried to direct the battle.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 574 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 20, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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