American Revolution Podcast

Episode 152 Fort Stanwix and Oriskany

June 7, 2020

General Nicholas Herkimer leads a militia relief force to save Fort Stanwix.  A native an militia force form St. Leger's Army ambushes the relief force in the bloody battle of Oriskany.  The relief force retreats and the siege continues.

Days later, General Benedict Arnold leads a relief force to the fort.  After the enemy believes exaggerated numbers of Arnold's army, the force under St. Leger flees back to Lake Ontario.  Arnold lifts the siege and keeps the fort in American hands.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Rebellion in the Mohawk Valley: The St. Leger Expedition of 1777, by Gavin K. Watt 

Online Recommendation of the Week:  Orderly book of Sir John Johnson during the Oriskany Campaign, 1776-1777, by William Leete Stone (ed): https://archive.org/details/cu31924032310629