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Ligonier in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Ligonier

 
 
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Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, October 7, 2011
1. Fort Ligonier Marker
Inscription.  The first English fort west of the Alleghany Mountains was built five hundred feet south-east of this spot, in 1758 by order of General John Forbes, and named in honor of Lord John Ligonier. Here General Forbes with the aid of Colonels George Washington, Henry Bouquet and John Armstrong, assembled an army of 7850 men, constructed the Forbes Road, marched against Fort Duquesne, and compelled the evacuation of the fort November 25, 1758, thereby overthrowing French and establishing English supremacy in this region. Here Col. Bouquet re-organized the expedition for the relief of Fort Pitt, and while on the march, at a point of twenty-seven miles west of this, fought the Battle of Bushy Run August 5, and 6, 1763, defeating the Indians under Chief Guyasuta in "One of the best contested actions ever fought between white men and Indians."
 
Erected 1915 by The Pennsylvania Society - Sons of The American Revolution.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesNative Americans
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War, French and Indian. In addition, it is included in the Forbes Road, and the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1758.
 
Location. 40° 14.575′ N, 79° 14.261′ W. Marker is in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, in Westmoreland County. Marker can be reached from Main Street. Plaque is located on east side of park in center of town. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ligonier PA 15658, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Desert Storm Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Building the Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); Ligonier Town Square Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Ligonier War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Highway Enterprise (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roadside Enterprise (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Ligonier (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Ligonier (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ligonier.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Ligonier. official website (Submitted on October 9, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Fort Ligonier Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, October 7, 2011
2. Fort Ligonier Marker
 

2. Fort Ligonier. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on October 9, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Fort Ligonier Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., June 11, 2011
3. Fort Ligonier Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 891 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 9, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on November 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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