The New Student's Reference Work/Herkimer, Nicholas
Her'kimer, Nicholas, an intrepid soldier of the Revolution, was born in New York state about 1715 of German parents. His life was spent on a farm, with few educational advantages, until the call to arms. He fought with daring, leading an expedition successfully against Sir John Johnson's force in 1776. He then marched to the relief of Fort Schuyler, and during the siege was wounded in the leg. A careless operation cost the soldier his life. He died in August, 1777. A monument to the hero of Oriskany has been erected on the battlefield, chiefly through the instrumentality of the Oneida Historical Society.