Heroes and Legends Night at the Battle of Oriskany
Contact: William Sawyer, 315-338-7730
How well do you know the story of the Battle of Oriskany, one of the bloodiest and most hotly contested engagements of the American Revolutionary War? Fought on August 6, 1777, right here in Central New York, the impact of this battle is still felt today throughout the Mohawk Valley. By fall of 1777, news of the Battle of Oriskany had swept through the Mohawk Valley and to the rest of the colonies. With each recounting, haunting tales of the Battle of Oriskany came to form the numerous myths and legends taught to today’s school children. It also created a lasting touchstone of the early American experience now memorialized in this unique New York State Historic Site.
On October 30, from 7 to 9 p.m., Oriskany Battlefield will host a new special program featuring the many heroes and legends of the Battle of Oriskany. This event is free to the public. Guided lantern tours, beginning at 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., and 8:30 p.m., of the battlefield will revisit the haunting memories and important contributions of the many Mohawk Valley individuals who fought in the battle. Flashlights are recommended. Guides will reveal the numerous personal sacrifices and strong determination of the Tryon County Militia as they marched to relieve Fort Stanwix, as well as the Loyalist and Indian Allies involved. All are welcome to come discover the personal and touching stories behind the heroes and legends of the Oriskany Battlefield.
Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site is currently open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; the site’s parking lot is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the site is free. For more information about upcoming events please call Fort Stanwix National Monument at (315) 338-7730. Park rangers from Fort Stanwix offer programs about this site and Steuben Memorial State Historic Site. Please visit the Fort Stanwix web page at www.nps.gov/fost for additional information and up-to-date news about park and site events. For more information on other New York State Parks, please visit our website at www.nysparks.com
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Did You Know?
Fort Stanwix has two names. Named for Gen. John Stanwix, this was the fort's name under the British. When rebuilt by the Americans, it was then named for Gen. Phillip Schuyler. However, there were several other Fort Schuylers in New York at that time, so the name never stuck due to the confusion.