America's National Battlefield Parks: A Guide by Joseph E. Stevens

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Getting to the Park: Fort Stanwix National Monument is located in downtown Rome, New York. Leave the New York State Thruway (I-90) at Exit 33 and drive into Rome on State Route 365 (Erie Boulevard East). Turn right on James Street (State Route 26), then left on West Liberty Street. Visitor Center: The Visitor Center is located in the West Barracks, at the door marked GREGG. Activities: Interpretive talks and walking tours are conducted by park personnel. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day a full living-history program is offered, including close-order drill and weapons firing demonstrations by volunteers in period dress, as well as exhibitions of colonial-era crafts, cooking, and barracks life.

The loyalists and Indians opened fire at close range, killing scores of the Americans and fatally wounding many others, including General Herkimer. The patriot militiamen refused to panic, however. Quickly forming a defensive perimeter, they traded volleys with their attackers and forced them to fall back. When the Indians and tories stormed forward again there was a ferocious hand-to-hand struggle in which knives, tomahawks, and musket butts were used and no quarter was given. While this savage melee was underway at Oriskany, Gansevoort ordered his second-in-command, Lieutenant Colonel Marinus Willet, to lead a sortie out of Fort Stanwix.

In the crux of the V formed by the diverging roads lay the triangular village green, flanked by houses, yards, and Buckman Tavern. When he learned that the British were approaching, Captain John Parker, forty- The Minutemen Since the time of the Pilgrims and Plymouth Plantation, every Massachusetts man between the ages of sixteen and sixty had been required to belong to his town's militia company. The younger, more active members of the militia also had to be prepared to go quickly to the aid of neighboring towns.

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