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Nikolaus Hercheimer Monument
Posted by: Ursula Date: July 03, 2001 at 14:50:59
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Found in a historical writeup from 1903 that a monument [obelisk] was erected for the freedom fighters in the
American Revolutionary war in the Mohawk Valley. Nikolas Hercheimer [later changed to Herkimer] born in the
Mohawk Valley was the son of Johann Jost Hercheimer, a farmer from the Palatinate who had immigrated with many
others to the Mohawk Valley in 1709.
The story continues (in German) that 'the old Hercheimer was wounded in the leg in the battle on the Oriskany. He
was taken to his home where a physician amputated his leg. The surgery failed and Hercheimer bled to death. This
was on 17 August 1777. He was buried on a hillside not far from his home.
In October 1777, Congress earmarked 500 dollars for a monument for Hercheimer but because of the continuing
war the matter was soon forgotten. Not until the late 1800s was a monument erected by the Historical Society of
Oneida Co. A 100 foot tall obelisk was erected, inscribed on which were [or still are] the names of the Germans and
Americans who died in the Revolutionary War. Also shown is a likeness of 'the old Hercheimer, smoking his pipe,
while resting at the foot of a tree'.

Does anyone know if this monument is still there? Can anyone take a picture of it and send it to me [email]? The
article from which this info was taken appeared in the 'Evangelical Calendar for the year 1903', published by the
Evangelical Synod of North America. I would like to translate the article and donate it to the Oneida Historical
Society.


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