The Rome Historical Society will hold a presentation on the Siege of Fort Stanwix and the Battle of Oriskany on Wednesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. Author and storyteller Paul Boehlert will present the program.
British General John Burgoyne’s Three Pronged Attack sought to divide the American colonies by cutting New York in half. Essential to the plan was the defeat of the American stronghold in the Mohawk Valley, Fort Stanwix.
British forces learned that American reinforcements were en route to relieve the garrison at the fort and break the siege, and set up an ambush on the reinforcements in a ravine at Oriskany. Despite taking tremendous losses during the battle, including that of General Nicholas Herkimer, American forces were able to drive back the siege and keep New York undivided.
Boehlert will present an account of the battle and its aftermath.
The author of “The Battle of Oriskany and General Nicholas Herkimer: Revolution in the Mohawk Valley,” Boehlert is an actor and storyteller and appears at local and regional storytelling festivals. He is a member of the Oneida County History Center and the Herkimer County Historical Society, the National Railway Historical Society, the national Model Railroad Association, the Utica Maennerchor and the Society for Creative Anachronism.
The Rome Historical Society is located at 200 Church St. For more, call 315-336-5870 or visit romehistoricalsociety.org.