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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
General Herkimer at the Battle of Oriskany

[This information is from Vol. I, p. 791 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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General Herkimer at the Battle of Oriskany

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Painting: General Herkimer at the Battle of Oriskany.

This spirited painting of General Herkimer at the Battle of Oriskany shows the wounded General in a post of danger directing his troops and the battle to a victorious issue. This bloody conflict in the forest of Oriskany is said to have been the turning point of the Revolution. It was fought nine miles west of Utica, August 7, 1777. The painting is by Fred C. Yohn and is owned by Mr. Frederick T. Proctor of Utica. It hangs on the walls of the Utica Public Library.

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