Revolutionary War Sites

of the Mohawk Valley

Richard Berleth in his book Bloody Mohawk and the historical novel, Drums Along the Mohawk by Walter Dumaux Edmonds both describe our home valley during the birth of our nation. The Mohawk River valley was the western frontier of New York. Residents of the region were subject to raids from the British and their Indian allies from the North into Canada and west from the Finger Lakes. Farmers in our region attempted to feed the American rebel troops. Militias defended their homes.

Great battles were fought along our valley. Among the greatest and bloodiest, was fought at Oriskany Creek, where General Nicolas Herkimer lead the Tryon Militia in an attempt to relieve a British siege at Fort Stanwix. Days later, General Herkimer died from wounds sustained from that bloody battle. Blocking the British advance at the battle at Oriskany led to the American success at Saratoga.

As a retired history teacher pointed out...

The battle at Saratoga is in many ways more important than Gettysburg. If the rebels had lost at Saratoga, the revolution would have ended. There would have been no United States and hence no Civil War.

Fort Herkimer Church
Adam Helmer's run
Fort Johnson
Fort Stanwix
Herkimer Home
Johnson Hall
July 4th
Oriksany Battlefield
Saratoga Battlefield
Steuben Memorial

Johnson Hall Johnstown, NY

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Johnson Hall

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Johnson Hall in Johnstown, NY was the home of Sir William Johnson. Johnsondied just a year before the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Had he lived, the course of American History would have been different. Sir Johnson was a British loyalist and friend to native Americans.

Sir John Johnson, William's son, was a far less effective and charismatic leader. John Johnson fled into Canada and caused havoc for the Rebels.

Johnson Hall was a meeting place for Johnson and members of the Iroquois Confederacy. It was the most magnificant building west of Albany in 1776. Now a State Park, Johnson Hall with period pieces is open to tours.