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U.S. History Topics » Wars » American Revolution

The Battle of Oriskany: Blood Shed a Stream Running Down

tells how long-standing prejudices and the Revolutionary War unleashed massive bloodshed among inhabitants of New York's Mohawk Valley. Located in rich farmland and at a strategic point in a fur trade route, the valley had been settled by European immigrants who had prospered from productive farms and lucrative trade. As war broke out, everyone had to choose sides: Rebel or Tory. It was not easy for many. Five hundred years of unity among the Six Nations was broken. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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Battle of Oriskany. Painted by Frederick C. Yohn, 1977. (Courtesy of Utica Public Library)

Battle of Oriskany

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