Oriska and the American Revolution
Contact: William Sawyer, 315 338-7730
Oriskany, NY: Most modern communities are made up of groups of people from different backgrounds, lifestyles, cultures and interests. While members of a community may not always see eye to eye on every issue, a threat to the community as a whole will usually wipe away all differences as members come together to keep their community safe. Such was the case of the 18th century Oneida Indian village of Oriska. By the American Revolution, white settlements had sprung up to the east and west of the village, and there was sometimes friction with their white neighbors. One thing both Patriots and Oneidas agreed upon however, was that England was infringing on their rights and sovereignty. When the British invaded the Mohawk Valley in 1777, the Oneidas of Oriska came together with their Patriot neighbors to protect their mutual lands, families, and communities.
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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.