Battle of Oriskany
The Battle of Oriskany
was an engagement in American Revolutionary War
. On August 6
an American militia force led by General Nicholas Herkimer
was ambushed and routed by Barry St. Ledger
's expeditionary force. In addition to the British regulars, a large Indian contingent under Joseph Brandt
and John Butler
participated in the ambush.
The American force was on the march to relieve St. Ledger's siege of Fort Stanwix, but was repelled.
Herkimer fell mortally wounded, but managed to rally his men to achieve an orderly withdrawal. A thunder storm provided the surviving Americans the chance to escape, but half of their force was dead, wounded or captured.