The siege was a part of Pontiac’s War ( also known as a pan-Indian uprising), an effort by Native Americans to remove the British from the Ohio Country and Allegheny Plateau after they refused to honor their promises and treaties to leave voluntarily following the defeat of the French. This effort, lead by Pontiac, an  … Read more

Pontiac’s Rebellion begins in The Great Lakes Region

The French and Indian War ends

Fort Venango was built on the site of destroyed Fort Machault (See 1755, Fort Machault). All was quiet until June 16, 1763, when it was attacked by Seneca and Mingo warriors, under the command of Pontiac. The whole garrison perished.

Fort Deshler was located near Egypt, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. It was a French and Indian War era frontier fort established to protect settlers from Indian attacks. The fort was actually a fortified stone blockhouse, that also served as Deshler’s home. Adjoining the building was a large wooden building, suitable as barracks for twenty soldiers and  … Read more

Construction started on Fort Pitt, Construction started on Fort Pitt, which would be a state of the art fortification. It was built in the popular pentagram shape, with bastions at the star points, by Captain Harry Gordon, a British Engineer in the 60th Royal American Regiment.

Redstone Old Fort or Redstone Fort or (for a short time when built) Fort Burd was built by Pennsylvania Militia Colonel James Burd to guard the Nemocolin Trail’s river ford; a trail long used by the American Indians that connected the watersheds of the Potomac River with the Monongahela River. It was built on an  … Read more

Under imminent attack by Gen John Forbes, the French abandoned and burned Fort Duquesne. The fort was in the area named Pittsburgh in honor of William Pitt. The earliest known reference to the new name, Pittsburgh, is in a letter sent on this date from General John Forbes to William Pitt the Elder, 1st Earl  … Read more

On the morning of October 12, 1758, the fort was bustling with activity. It was still under construction under the guidance of Colonel James Burd of the Pennsylvania Regiment. Around 11:00AM, soldiers known as grass guards who were patrolling the livestock grazing in the fields across the Loyalhanna Creek were attacked by a force of  … Read more

Five hundred Chiefs of 13 American Indian tribes, representing the Iroquois, Lenape-Delaware, Shawnee and others, met with Colonial officials at the forks of the Delaware River in Easton, Pennsylvania. They agreed to be allies of the British colonies during the French and Indian War (Seven Years War), already underway. This Treaty was crucial to the  … Read more