During the critical Battle of Oriskany in August 1777, Continental forces led by General Nicholas Herkimer defeated the British army under St. Leger in the heart of New York’s Mohawk Valley. It was a hard-won victory, but he and his troops prevented the British from splitting the colonies in two.
In The Battle of Oriskany and General Nicholas Herkimer: Revolution in the Mohawk Valley (History Press, 2013), Paul Boehlert presents a gripping account of the events before, during and after this critical battle.
Although they did not succeed in relieving the British siege of Fort Stanwix, Herkimer’s citizen-soldiers turned back the British and protected America’s northern flank from attack. Herkimer was mortally wounded, but his heroism and leadership firmly placed him in the pantheon of Revolutionary War heroes.
Paul Boehlert is a Mohawk Valley native with an abiding interest in the personalities and events chronicled in this book. An award-winning actor and storyteller by trade (and a two-time Emmy Award nominee), he holds a bachelor’s degree in literature and a master’s in theater. He belongs to historical societies in Oneida and Herkimer Counties, as well as societies in several area villages and towns, the Utica Maennerchor German cultural society, National Railway Historical Society and the Trust for Historic Preservation.
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