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Battle of Normanskill

 
 
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, November 5, 2011
1. Battle of Normanskill Marker
Inscription.
Fought north of the creek
Schenectady Militia with
40 Rhode Island troops
dispersed large group of
Tories on August 11, 1777

 
Erected 1954 by New York State Education Department.
 
Location. 42° 42.15′ N, 73° 56.699′ W. Marker is in Guilderland, New York, in Albany County. Marker is on New York State Route 146 0.1 miles east of Ostrander Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Guilderland NY 12084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Palatine Road (approx. 0.4 miles away); Farm of Evert Bancker (approx. 0.8 miles away); Freeman House (approx. 0.9 miles away); House Built 1802 (approx. one mile away); Guilderland Town Hall (approx. 1.1 miles away); French's Hollow (approx. 1.2 miles away); Glass Works (approx. 1.7 miles away); Henry Rowe Schoolcraft (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guilderland.
 
Regarding Battle of Normanskill. The Battle of Normanskill, named for the nearby creek, occured in August of 1777, was a skirmish between Continental militia and Tories who sought to disrupt or intercept
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, November 23, 2007
2. Battle of Normanskill Marker
supplies headed to Continental troops in Saratoga. It was fought on the farm of Sgt. Nicholas Van Patten along the Normanskill near the Banker (Bunker) Hill Bridge and French's mill dam just five weeks prior to the Battle of Saratoga and was the only Revolutionary War battle that occurred in Albany County. Van Patten was one of the Tories captured and taken to Albany as a prisoner, but was released and later became a patriot. Captain Jacob Shermerhorm was commanding the 2nd Regiment of the Albany County Militia and who were joined by rebel sympathizers. The Tories were found hiding in Van Patten's barn. Tradition has it that they were hiding in the hay. A few wellplaced bayonet jabs brought forth cries that exposed their presence.

Another account, by the author of a local history published in 1845 states the following: "On the 13th of August (1777)...Lt. Col. Schermerhorn proceeded to Norman's Kill with a body of Schenectady Militia and 40 Rhode Island troops...in all about 100 men...to root up a Tory gathering at that place. The expedition was very successful. David Springer, a noted royalist, was killed, thirteen of his comrades captured, the remainder dispersed, and confidence again restored, where all was doubt and disaffection, without the loss of a single man on the part of the Americans."
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Battle of Normanskill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, November 5, 2011
3. Battle of Normanskill Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 1,915 times since then and 207 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 11, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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