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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Colonel Marinus Willett

[This information is from Vol. II, p. 1051 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Colonel Marinus Willett

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Painting: Colonel Marinus Willett.

This gallant officer and celebrated scout and Indian fighter was second in command at the siege of Fort Stanwix and commanded the sortie from the fort on the day of the battle of Oriskany, August 6th, 1777. From 1781 to 1783 inclusive Colonel Willett commanded the American Revolutionary forces in the Mohawk Valley with headquarters at Fort Plain. He was later brigadier-general, sheriff and mayor of New York City. The only defect in this picture is that Colonel Willett would never have permitted Indians to get so close to him, particularly in his rear, as those here depicted. This life-size portrait is published by permission of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, its owner.

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