“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Jeannette in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Pontiac's War

Bushy Run Battlefield

Pontiac's War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 17, 2013
1. Pontiac's War Marker
Inscription. In the heart of the French and Indian War British emissaries attempted to persuade the Native Americans in the Ohio Valley to abandon their support of the French. In exchange, the British promised to leave the land west of the Allegheny Mountains after the French were defeated. However, when the war ended on the frontier, the British maintained their presence by constructing Fort Pitt and settlers continued to enter the region. When the British limited gifts to the various tribes and severely restricted trade, including such critical items as weapons and powder, the Natives understood the relationship was changing. In a vision, the “Master of Life” told the Delaware prophet Neolin, that his people should return to the old ways, make war, and drive the British from the land. In the spring of 1773 the Natives attacked Fort Detroit. The war quickly spread to western Pennsylvania, the Indians laying siege to Fort Pitt.

(Time line at the bottom of the marker)
1763-May 9-Siege of Fort Detroit;
May 16-Fort Sandusky falls;
May 25-Fort St. Joseph falls;
May 27-Fort Miami falls;
May 29-Siege of Fort Pitt;
June 1-Fort Quiatenon falls;
June 2-Fort Michitimackinac falls;
June 2-Fort Ligonier attacked;
June 4-Fort Pitt’s help request reaches Col. Bouquet;
June 12-Amhearst orders the 42nd
Pontiac's War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 17, 2013
2. Pontiac's War Marker
and 77th to Bouquet;
June 16-Fort Venango falls;
June 18-Fort Le Boeuf falls;
June 22-Fort Pesque Isle falls;
July 15-Bouquet leaves Carlisle;
July 25-Bouquet arrives at Fort Bedford;
Augsust 2-Bouquet arrives at Fort Ligonier;
August 4-Bouquet leaves Fort Ligonier;
August 5-Natives attack Bouquet relief forces;
August 6-British defeat the Natives at Bushy Run;
August 10-British arrive at Fort Pitt.
Location. 40° 21.517′ N, 79° 37.517′ W. Marker is in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, in Westmoreland County. Marker is on Bushy Run Road (Pennsylvania Route 993). Click for map. The marker is located in the Bushy Run Battlefield Park. Marker is in this post office area: Jeannette PA 15644, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to Bushy Run Battlefield (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ambush (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bushy Run Battlefield (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bushy Run (approx. 3.3 miles away); Fort Walthour (approx. 4.1 miles away); Toll House (approx. 4.7 miles away); a different marker also named Bushy Run (approx. 4.7 miles away); Forbes Road (approx. 4.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jeannette.
Also see . . .  Bushy Run Battlefield website. (Submitted on August 7, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. War, French and Indian
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 319 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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