History From America's Most Famous Valleys
The TRYON COUNTY MILITIA, began in July of 1775 as the County Committe of Safety, recognized a rapidly worsening rift between the colonial officials and Mohawk Valley farmers. Johnstown Loyalists appeared increasingly threatening, particularly after Sir John Johnson came upon a unit of the militia being trained at Caughnawaga (the eastern section of Faond). Bloodshed was narrowly averted as the "Rebels" offered open defiance in the crown.
The Militia was lacking in both training and equipment but deep convictions made them formidable. Many of them gave their lives at Oriskany, and in other clashes during the frontier warfare of the next seven years.