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

Steuben Memorial State Historic Site

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Steuben Memorial State Historic Site

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Off routes 12 and 28 in Remsen,NY are signs pointing West to the Steuben Memorial State Historic Site. Following markers a few miles travel on narrow country roods leads one to the site.

Steuben Memorial State Historic Site is the burial site of Friedrich Wilhelm Augustus von Steuben. Until his death in 1794, the Baron spent his summers after the Revolutionary War on a tract of land deeded to him by the State of New York.

A two room log cabin, replica to the Baron's home, was built on the site. A large monument marks the site of the Baron's grave.

From his experiences as a Prussian military officer, Friedrich Wilhelm Augustus von Steuben was instrumental in creating an effective Continental Army at Valley Forge. His drill manual was in use though 1814.

On 2014, Father's Day. our family visited Steuben Park as a result of seeing signs along route 12 and reading brochure about the park. I wanted to learn more about the man who shaped the Continental Army. I was dissapointed. Stationed at the site was a park ranger, who explained how Steuben ended up in Remsen off the beaten path. The Baron was poor at managing his money, and wound up having a small two room cabin built. The Baron apparently died of a stroke at the site. The ranger told me,less than thirty people a day visit the site. So the ranger spends most of his work day reading books. Other than trees, only a log structure, a stone monument, and some placards decorate the park. While ok as a diversionary stop on the way to Old Forge or as part of a tour of Revolutionary War sites in the Mohawk Valley, this site does not warrent a special trip.

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