Upstate town seeks recognition for Revolutionary War hero (NY)





It wasn't exactly the shot heard 'round the world, but the shot Timothy Murphy supposedly pulled off 230 years ago this month helped change history.

Murphy was a Pennsylvania-born frontiersman who moved to New York's Schoharie (skoh-HAIR'-ee) Valley during the Revolutionary War, when he joined a company of Virginia sharpshooters serving in the Continental Army.

Some historians credit Murphy with firing the shot that killed a British general during a critical moment of the Battle of Saratoga in October 1777. The general's death helped the Americans win the battle, considered the turning point of the war.

[Supporters want to build a monument in his honor.]


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