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Near Tionesta in Forest County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

History

Marching on Seneca Towns

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel
1. History Marker
Inscription.  In August of 1779, Colonel Daniel Brodhead and 605 American rebels passed two miles east of here. They were the Brodhead Expedition of the Revolutionary War, sent to punish the Munsee and Seneca Indians for siding with the British and raiding American settlements on the frontier. Brodhead and his troops destroyed several large villages, burning more than 150 houses and destroying more than 500 acres of corn. The expedition started at Fort Pitt and advanced up the Allegheny River, covering approximately 400 miles in 35 days traveling on foot.
According to Brodhead's reports, his troops had only one small skirmish, at the Battle of Thompson's Island, where they defeated a small party of Senecas. Seneca oral history suggests that several of Brodhead's men were later killed in the Seneca towns of the upper Allegheny, but Brodhead failed to report any such incidents.
Despite the disruptions and temporary hardships created by the expedition, the Senecas quickly resettled their towns in the spring of 1780. The Senecas, Tories and British renewed their raiding of frontier settlements, at a level significantly higher than in 1778. The expedition
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By Mike Wintermantel
2. Colonel Daniel Brodhead
failed to permanently drive the Senecas from their villages or to deter raiding, and cemented the alliance between the British and the Senecas.
 
Location. 41° 28.28′ N, 79° 30.103′ W. Marker is near Tionesta, Pennsylvania, in Forest County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 62 1.3 miles west of Pullman Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tionesta PA 16353, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Refugee Towns (approx. 1.6 miles away); When Timber Was King (approx. 2.8 miles away); Tionesta (approx. 2.8 miles away); Hunters Station Bridge Bearing Block (approx. 2.8 miles away); Lieutenant John Range (approx. 2.9 miles away); Forest County (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named Forest County (approx. 2.9 miles away); Damascus (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tionesta.
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
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By Mike Wintermantel
3. 18th Century Senecas
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By Mike Wintermantel
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2019, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 3, 2019, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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