Upstate town seeks recognition for Revolutionary War hero (NY)

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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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