Remembering the Battle of Oriskany, 237 years later

By WKTV News

ORISKANY, N.Y. (WKTV)-- In Oriskany flags were raised then lowered to half staff, there was presentation of wreaths and firing of muskets. The ceremony was held to honor those who sacrificed their lives during the Battle of Oriskany. 

The event on Wednesday marked the 237 anniversary of what's called the bloodiest battle of the Revolutionary War.

During the ceremony one of the descendants of that battle explained why it was such an important battle to the Mohawk Valley and the United States.

"It wasn't a regular action in the sense of the formal armies fighting, I think that's one of the reasons why it's overlooked," said Terry McMaster, a Battle of Oriskany descendant. "It's considered one of the bloodiest battles of the Revolutionary War and yet usually in history books there are five pages on Saratoga and two pages on Oriskany."

The Battle of Oriskany took place on Aug. 6 1777. The Colonial Militia and the Oneida Indian allies were ambushed by Loyalists on their way to Fort Stanwix.

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