Middle Fort (Fort Defiance): Just North
of Wyerstown (Middleburgh), became the Headquarters of the Schoharie Military
District. It was the
first of three forts completed and enclosed nearly three acres. Comprised
of logs a foot in diameter and ten feet above ground, with loop holes.
Blockhouses were constructed at the northeast and southeast corners. Huts
lined the east and west sides. The stockade enclosed the Becker stone
house (cellar was magazine) and barn (barracks). Another Barracks, well
and oven were also built. Besieged by British, Torys and Indians 17 Oct
1780. see Timothy Murphy: Frontier Rifleman on
defense of Middle Fort 1780.
The following information was supplied by Jay Lawyer:
On this page you refer to Middleburgh as "Wyerstown." The town to
my knowledge has
never been called that. The town at that time was known as "Weiser's Dorf." Later
called Middleburg. Now legally to be known as 'Middleburgh.'
Mr. Lawyer is also interested in restoring "The Middle Fort." If you would like
to help this effort please contact:
Jay Lawyer at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Gary Hayes at email@example.com
Back to Forts M-P Index
New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military
February 20, 2006