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BOOK - The Flockey, 13 August 1777, The Defeat of the Tory Uprising in the Schoharie Valley
By Gavin K. Watt
First edition published by author, King City, 2002
This edition published by by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2013 (includes updates and revisions)


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This book tells the story of how a Troop of the Second Regiment of Continental Light Dragoons defeated the Tories and Indians during the Schoharie Valley uprising in an action known as The Flockey

The campaign of 1777 proved to be the turning point of the American Revolution. Two British expeditions invaded upper New York State from Canada. From Montreal, General John Burgoyne's Grand Army of 7,500 British and German Regulars, Tory Provincials and nine hundred Canada and Lakes Indians struck south on Lake Champlain. To everyone's astonishment, the 'impregnable' fortress of Ticonderoga quickly fell to Burgoyne. Then, in rapid order, the United States Army abandoned a series of New York's frontier posts. on the Hudson River. Burgoyne seemed poised to take Albany.

Brigadier Barry St. Leger's light expedition of three hundred Regulars and four hundred Provincials was joined by eight hundred Iroquois and Allied warriors at Oswego. They advanced down the waterway system to lay siege to Fort Stanwix on the Mohawk River. Tryon County's militia brigade of eight hundred men marched to relieve the Continentals who were garrisoning Stanwix. When St. Leger received word of this threat, he dispatched the Six Nations' war captains with six hundred warriors and Lieutenant Colonel Sir John Johnson with seventy-five Provincials. The militiamen stumbled into a classic native ambush at Oriskany and suffered a crippling defeat. With this relief force disposed of, St. Leger's fortunes appeared bright indeed and he promptly demanded the surrender of Fort Stanwix.

While these critical events were underway, a secret network of Mohawk region Tories made an attempt to seize control of the Schoharie Valley. The Tories planned to deliver this trophy to St. Leger and join with his army to march on Albany where they would link up with Burgoyne.

Yet, the 1777 British campaign from Canada failed miserably. No invading army marched victoriously through the streets of Albany; however, at times the outcome was a close run thing. This book tells how a Troop of the Second Regiment of Continental Light Dragoons defeated the Tories and Indians during the Schoharie Valley uprising in an action known as The Flockey.

Contents include:
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter One - The Rebellion South of the Mohawk
  • Chapter Two - The Tories Rise Up
  • Epilogue
  • Appendices (lists)
    • Loyalists with McDonald and Crysler
    • Schoharie Indians
    • Schoharie Whigs
    • Continental Light Dragoons
  • Index
List of Maps:
  • The Schoharie Valley and surrounding country
  • The Tory Threat to the Schoharie Valley
  • The Tory Uprising, Scenes of Action
The Flockey, 13 August 1777, The Defeat of the Tory Uprising in the Schoharie Valley serves a variety of audiences including those interested in the American Revolution and United Empire Loyalists. The lists in the appendices provide information about specific people which will prove helpful to family historians, as will the facts that are included in the text of the book.

132 Pages
Softcover - perfectbound
Index
Illustrations
Extensive notes
First edition published by author, King City, 2002
This edition published by by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2013 (includes updates and revisions)
ISBN 978-1-926797-77-9 (softcover edition)




About the author:

Gavin Watt has studied Canada's role in the American Revolution for forty years and has ten books published on the subject. He pursues a life-long interest in military history and has re-enacted in four historical eras. Gavin is a honourary Vice-President of the United Empire Loyalists' Association and often speaks at historical societies' meetings. The following titles are currently in print:




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