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Johnstown in Fulton County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battle Field

 
 
Battle Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 29, 2012
1. Battle Field Marker
Inscription.
Battle of Johnstown fought
Oct. 25, 1781. American
forces led by Col. Willett
British forces under Maj.
Ross and Capt. Butler.
Bicentennial
Fulton Co. 1975

 
Erected 1975 by Fulton County.
 
Location. 43° 1.256′ N, 74° 22.896′ W. Marker is in Johnstown, New York, in Fulton County. Marker is on Johnson Ave., on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Johnstown NY 12095, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Battle In American Revolution (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Who Was Sir William Johnson ? (approx. 0.4 miles away); Johnson Hall State Historic Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); Johnson Hall 1762 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Landscaping Johnson Hall (approx. half a mile away); Johnson Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); In Memory of Sir William Johnson, Baronet. (approx. 0.6 miles away); July 9, 1889 Flood (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Johnstown.
 
Regarding Battle Field. In 1781 a British raiding party of almost 600 Loyalists and 130 Indians led by Major John Ross
Battle Field Marker - Looking North image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 29, 2012
2. Battle Field Marker - Looking North
and Walter Butler burned the Mohawk Valley to within 12 miles of Schenectady. They then retreated to Johnstown, closely followed by Col. Marinus Willett and about 400 Americans. The militia attacked the British in a battle strung out along today's Johnson Avenue.

Bone-tired from several weeks of campaigning and drenched by heavy rain, the British continued to fight and captured the American's only piece of artillery. Willett's force retreated and regrouped before attacking again. Finally darkness fell and the fighting ended with both sides claiming they had the upper hand. Under cover of darkness, Ross's men slipped away to the north.

This battle on October 25, 1781, occurred six days after British General Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown. Col. Willet continued to follow the retreating raiders and in a skirmish at the West Canada Creek on October 30, Walter Butler was killed. Major Ross and the last of his men escaped through the mountains to Fort Oswego. Thus ended the war in the Mohawk Valley.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Battle Field Marker - Looking South along Johnson Ave. image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 29, 2012
3. Battle Field Marker - Looking South along Johnson Ave.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2012, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 335 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2012, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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