Hanyery (or Han Yerry) Tewahangarahken (c. 1724-1794) was a warrior of the Oneida tribe who fought on the Patriot side at the battle of Oriskany in August 1777. I gather his name means "He Who Takes Up the Snow Shoe" and he was the son of a German father and a Mohawk mother. The Oneidas were one of the founding tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy and lived in what is now central New York state. When war broke out in 1775 the Iroquois were initially neutral but the tribes eventually had to choose sides and whilst most remained loyal to the Crown the Oneida sided with the Patriots. The Oneida acted as scouts and around 50-60 warriors, including Hanyery, fought with Brigadier-General Herkimer's militia force at Oriskany. By this time Hanyery was a prominent member of his local community and a prosperous farmer. At the battle Hanyery was accompanied by his wife Tyonajanegen (meaning "Two Kettles Together") and his son Cornelius. The story goes that Hanyery was hit in the wrist by a musket ball and Tyonajanegen helped him reload his rifle. In a contemporary article about the battle in the "Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser", Hanyery is reported as having killed nine of the enemy (being a mixed force of Loyalists and other Iroquois) and Cornelius two. Tyonajanegen survived the battle as well and rode off to tell local people the outcome of the battle. Hanyery and Tyonajanegen continued to serve with Patriot forces during the Saratoga campaign. General Gates apparently arranged for three gallons of rum to be sent to them and their family as a reward for their services. It seems that at some time during or after the campaign Hanyery's house and farm were destroyed by pro-British forces.
unit of Loyalists). The figure is sold separately as a "heroic Mohawk warrior". I painted it at the same time as some Conquest Miniatures Iroquois. The GM figure is noticeably taller and stockier than these other figures and so I thought about how I might use the figure by itself, perhaps as a personality. I had been looking at Don Troiani's wonderfully atmospheric painting of the battle of Oriskany (see right) and I realised that the GM figure looked just like Hanyery in that painting (prior to his injury). The "British Grenadier!" orbat for Oriskany lists 6 Oneidas as part of one of the Patriot brigades. No leader of this band is mentioned, but I thought it would nice to paint up a figure of Hanyery, base him as a chief (so on a 2p piece) and have him as the leader of 5 other figures. Based separately, the extra heft of this figure won't be so noticeable. Incidentally, while I've admired this painting for years, I hadn't noticed that Troiani has painted Herkimer sitting propped up against a tree directing the battle. I'm on a bit of an Oriskany roll at the moment, with more Iroquois and the KRRNY (as depicted in the Troiani painting) in the works. I have a couple of GM militia characters left which I'm now minded to paint as other personalities from Oriskany and the Saratoga campaign more generally.
1 figure. Painted October 2016.
Hanyery with Conquest Miniatures Iroquois
Hanyery with Galloping Major militia