This post card of the Oriskany Monument is postmarked Verona, NY, October 14, 1942. The one-cent stamp of the Statue of Liberty on the back says Industry - Agriculture - For Defense.

From the Camden Advance, Camden, Oneida County, N.Y., issue of August 9, 1877

The Oriskany Celebration

The celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Oriskany, which has filled the papers and been so much talked about for the past few weeks, occured on Monday. With our limited space, it will be impossible for us to give more than an outline of what was done on the occasion.

In the first place, the weather was delightful, and the attendance perfectly immense. The number is variously estimated at from twenty to one hundred thousand. Good judges say the crowd could not have fallen much short of seventy-five thousand. The military parade, about noon, was an extensive one, and very successful, not withstanding the clouds of dust and crowds of people, both of which impaired the beauty and perfections of uniforms and evolutions.

The vast assembly having been called to order, Hon. Horatio Seymour, President of the Day, then delivered the address of welcome.

After dinner, letters of regret were read from President Hayes and Governor Robinson, after which Lieutenant Governor Dorsheimer was introduced as large enough to represent two governors, and made an eloquent address. He was followed by Hon. W. J. Bacon, and he, in turn, by Hon. Ellis H. Roberts, upon whom devolved the duty of making the main address of the day. One of our exchanges says of his address, "He told more fully, and better than it has ever been told before, the story of the Battle of Oriskany, using the facts with which reading people in the Mohawk Valley were already familiar, and many new facts collected with painstaking labor, not in this country alone, but from the official military records of Great Britain as well."

The Ganesvoort silk, regimental flag, a snare drum which Barry St. Leger forgot to take away with him when he moved so suddenly from the front of Fort Stanwix toward Canada, and many other relics were exhibited.

Interesting addresses were also delivered by Maj. Douglass Campbell, Hon. Clarkson N. Potter, Chancellor E. O. Haven, Hon. Samuel Earl, poems were read, etc. etc.

Remarkably few accidents occurred during the day, the only serious one being the explosion of a small canal steamer, in which the engineer was badly scalded and a peanut boy so badly injured that he died during the night.

Contributed by Beverly Crim, Town of German Flatts section editor.

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