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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Statue of General Herkimer, the Hero of Oriskany

[This information is from Vol. II, p. 1783 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Statue of General Herkimer, the Hero of Oriskany

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Photo: Statue of General Herkimer, the Hero of Oriskany

The statue stands in Meyer's Park, Herkimer, and represents the Brigadier-General of the Tryon County Militia seated on his saddle, smoking his pipe and directing his Mohawk Valley farmer-soldiers at the battle of Oriskany, after he had been mortally wounded in the first attack. Mr. Burr Miller was the sculptor of this spirited statue which was presented by ex-United States Senator Warner Miller to Herkimer on the occasion of its centennial as a village in 1907.

(Photograph by Prince and Nolan, Mohawk, N. Y.)

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