Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Battle of Point Pleasant 1774

Wiki on this battle in 1774 that is considered by some to be the first battle of the Revolution and was the place where Tecumseh's father was killed states
The Battle of Point Pleasant, known as the Battle of Kanawha in some older accounts, was the only major battle of Dunmore's War. It was fought on October 10, 1774, primarily between Virginia militia and American Indians from the Shawnee and Mingo tribes. Along the Ohio River near modern Point Pleasant, West Virginia, American Indians under the Shawnee Chief Cornstalk attacked Virginia militia under Andrew Lewis, hoping to halt Lewis's advance into the Ohio Country. After a long and furious battle, Cornstalk retreated. After the battle, the Virginians, along with a second force led by Lord Dunmore, the Royal Governor of Virginia, marched into the Ohio Country and compelled Cornstalk to agree to a treaty, ending the war.
Robert Dafford is working on a series of murals depicting these events - see here.
Image from here where you can see more of the depictions of events from around this time.

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