“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)


Bushy Run Battlefield

Ambush Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 17, 2013
1. Ambush Marker
Inscription.  Col. Bouquet’s army left Ligonier on August 4th, 1763, and made twelve miles progress before stopping to camp along the road. On August 5th, Bouquet resumed his march and proceeded to within one mile of Bushy Run Station when Native Americans attacked the front of his column.

Using their traditional fighting tactics, described by contemporaries as “a kind of running fight,” the Natives darted through the woods attacking the British. The British attempted to charge the Native positions only to have the Natives slip away to another position. By late afternoon Bouquet and his soldiers had retreated to the high ground of Edge Hill to create a defensive position. The fighting continued until nightfall when the battlefield fell silent. Having lost more than 60 men, Bouquet knew he only had until morning to change his desperate situation.

(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-Seige of Fort Pitt;
June 1-Fort Ouiatenon falls;
June 2-Fort Michitimackinac falls;
Ambush Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 17, 2013
2. Ambush Marker
June 2-Fort Ligonier attacked;
June 4-Fort Pitt’s help request reaches Col. Bouquet;
June 12-Amhearst orders the 42nd and 77th to Bouquet;
June 16-Fort Venango falls;
June 18-Fort Le Boeuf falls;
June 22-Fort Presque Isle falls;
July 15-Bouquet leaves Carlisle;
July 25-Bouquet arrives at Fort Bedford;
August 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.
Erected by Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, French and Indian.
Location. 40° 21.383′ N, 79° 37.55′ W. Marker is in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, in Westmoreland County. Memorial is on Bushy Run Road (Pennsylvania Route 993). The marker is located in Bushy Run Battlefield Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jeannette PA 15644, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bushy Run Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Bushy Run Battlefield (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pontiac's War (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bushy Run (approx. 3.2 miles away); Fort Walthour
Ambush Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 17, 2013
3. Ambush Marker
Sign at the entrance to the Battlefield Park
(approx. 4 miles away); Toll House (approx. 4.6 miles away); Delmont (approx. 4.7 miles away); New Salem Borough 100th Anniversary (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jeannette.
Also see . . .  Bushy Run Battlefield website. (Submitted on August 7, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 498 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on February 14, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 7, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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