Point Pleasant in Mason County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Point Pleasant
The Chief Event of Lord Dunmore's War
This monument was erected in the year 1909 in commemoration of the Battle of Point Pleasant, fought at the mouth of the Great Kanawha River, now in West Virginia, October 10, 1774. Between twelve hundred and fifty Virginia colonel troops, composing the left wing of Lord Dunmore's Army, commanded by General Andrew Lewis, on the one side; and an equal number of warriors from the united Indian nations - Shawnees, Delawares, Mingoes, Wyandottes, Miamis, and Ottawas - Northwest of the Ohio, on the other. At the head of these warriors were the renowned Shawnee Chief, Keich-tuch-qua, known to Virginians as "Cornstalk," and his subordinate chieftains, Blue-Jacket, Black-Hoff, Red-Hawk, Elinipsico, Scopathus, Chi-ya-wee and puck-e-shin-wa, the last being killed in the battle , and thus leaving his son, Tecumseh, an orphan child. That day thee was fought the most important battle ever waged between the forces of civilization and of barbarism in America; and on no other field of the colonial wars, was there displayed greater valor or bravery than on that at Point Pleasant.
Cornstalk's battle-cry-"Be Strong! Be Strong!" was often heard above the din of conflict; but he and his hosts were defeated, and Lyman C. Draper estimates the Indian loss at two hundred and thirty three, killed and wounded. It
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Careful estimates, made from the most authentic documentary evidence extant, place the number killed at eighty-one. The following is a list of names of persons known to have been among the slain:-
Colonel Charles Lewis, Commanding the Augusta County Regiment.
Colonel John Field, of the Culpeper County Minute Men.
Captain John Murray, of the Botetourt County Regiment.
Captain Robert McClennahan, of the Botetourt County Regiment.
Captain Samuel Wilson, of the Augusta County Regiment.
Captain Charles Ward, of the Augusta County Regiment.
Lieutenant Hugh Allen, of Captain George Matthews' Company, of the Augusta
Lieutenant Jonathan Cundiff, of Captain Thomas Buford's Company, of the Bedford County Riflemen.
Ensign amuel Baker, of Captain Henry Pauling's Company, of the Botetourt County Regiment.
Ensign Samuel Baker, of Captain Henry Paulding's company, of the Botetourt
Mark Williams, Roger Topp and Joseph Hughey, of Captain Evan Shelby's Company, of the Fincastle County Battalion.
James Mooney and - Hickman, of Captain William Russell's Company, of the Fincastle County Battalion.
George Cameron, of Captain George Mathews' Company, of the Augusta County Regiment.
Samuel Croley, organization to which he belonged not known.
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The Virginian Army
Fought the Battle of Point Pleasant.
Indian depredations on the Virginian frontier began earlry in 1774,
General Andrew lewis, commanding Left Wing, or Southern Division.
The Augusta County Regiment.
Colonel Charles Lewis, Commanding (648 men.)
Captains of Companies.
Captains of Companies.
Colonel William Christian, Commanding (350 men.)
CAPTAINS OF COMPANIES.
The army left Camp Union in September, in the following order: The Augusta regiment, on the 6th; the Culpeper Minute Men, on the 7th. The Botetourt Regiment, with the companies of Russell and Shelby, of the Fincastle Battalion, and the Bedford rifles, on the 12th; Herbert's Company, of the Fincastle Battalion, on the 23rd; and the remainder of the Fincastle Battalion, on the 27th. Except Captain Bledsoe who was left in command at that place. October 10th - the Battle Day - All the troops had arrived at the mouth
Location. 38° 50.358′ N, 82° 8.442′ W. Marker is in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in Mason County. Marker is on Main Street 0 miles from 1st Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Point Pleasant WV 25550, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel Andrew Lewis (a few steps from this marker); Ann Bailey (within shouting distance of this marker); The Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); War of 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Cornstalk (within shouting distance of this marker); West Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Point Pleasant Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); Point Pleasant (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Point Pleasant.
More about this marker. This historical marker is the most notable and significant of several historical markers that are situated at the Point Pleasant
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Point Pleasant. This link is provided by Absolute Astronomy. (Submitted on July 13, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. The Battle of Point Pleasant – October 10, 1774. This web link is published by the West Virginia, Department of Natural Resources, for any individuals that are interested in Tu-Endie-Wei, Point Pleasant Battle Monument State Park. (Submitted on July 13, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
3. Battle of Point Pleasant. This link is published and made available by, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on July 13, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
4. Lord Dunmore's War and the Battle of Point Pleasant. This link is published and made available by, "Ohio History Central," an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on July 13, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Wars, US Indian •
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