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Plan of Fort Dayton, also known as Fort Herkimer, from a map first published in 1851. Public domain.
Plan of Fort Dayton, also known as Fort Herkimer, from a map first published in 1851. Public domain.

Dig planned at site of NY Revolutionary War fort

HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) An archaeological dig is planned for later this spring at the Mohawk Valley site of a Revolutionary War fort that played a role in one of the conflict's bloodiest battles.

The Observer-Dispatch of Utica reports that the excavations will start May 31 at the Herkimer County Historical Society, former site of Fort Dayton.

Built in 1776, Fort Dayton was one of several fortifications constructed by the Continental Army along the Mohawk River. In August 1777, Gen. Nicholas Herkimer and hundreds of American militiamen set out for the relief of nearby Fort Stanwix in present-day Rome.

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Herkimer's army was ambushed by red coats, loyalists and Iroquois warriors in a ravine at Oriskany in a battle that left hundreds of men dead or wounded.

The last dig at the fort site was conducted in 2002.

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