1977 USA Bicentennial Herkimer At Oriskany Block Of 4 13c Postage Stamps - Sc# 1722 - MNH, OG - CW35b
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On August 6, 1977 in Herkimer, NY; the USPS honored the 200 anniversary of when General Nicholas Herkimer and his800 militiamen stopped an advance by British Colonel Barry St. Leger at Oriskany, in New York State's Mohawk Valley, thus contributing to the failure of the British northern campaign. Herkimer died of wounds on August 16, seven days before St. Leger withdrew permanently from the area. The site of the battleground is now a state park marked by a memorial shaft erected in 1883. The stamp designer Bradbury Thompson based the stamp on the Frederick Yohn painting that hangs in the Utica, New York, Public Library.