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Art Peltier 
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Art Peltier
07-11-18 03:14 PM - Post#1693337    

Had the History Military Channel on the other day and watched a documentary on this battle. It was very in depth in that they found the area of ambush, overall terrain and weather conditions which help contribute to the overall massacre of troops. If you get a chance to view it I believe it is well worth your time. Thanks Art

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07-11-18 07:17 PM - Post#1693353    

    In response to Art Peltier

One of my favorite books about Rev War is Drums Along the Mohawk by Walter D. Edmonds,1937. John Ford's movie of the same name based on it is also quite good. The battle of Oriskany and the death of Herkemer play a big part in both.

Here's a bit written 12 days after the battle, quoted in the Pennsylvania Gazette on August 27, 1777:

"FISHKILL, August 21. Extract of a letter from Albany, August 18.

Since my last I have had the pleasure of seeing Col. Willet; he nearly agrees with the account I gave you in my last of the engagement he had with the enemy. He however adds, that from all the accounts he could collect from the Indians and inhabitants near the fort, Sir John Johnson fell in the engagement. The killed and wounded of the enemy in both engagements (General Herkemer’s and Col. Willet’s) from all that can be collected, exceeds 300. Those that were in General Herkemer’s all agree that they killed and wounded that number; for they say that the Indians were more than half drunk and shewed themselves more openly than has ever been known, and the regulars marched on very boldly three deep, and our people, known to Indian wars, placed themselves immediately behind trees, and made great havock among them, their cartridges being made up of three buck shot and a bullet. Some say they have seen three fall in a shot; however the most moderate computation exceeds 300. The Indians got such a severe drubbing that the greater part have left them and are gone home."


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