Fort Pitt: A Frontier History

Fort Pitt: A Frontier History


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For nearly half a century, Fort Pitt stood formidable at the forks of the great Ohio River. A keystone to British domination in the territory during the French and Indian War and Pontiac's Rebellion, it was the most technologically advanced fortification in the Western Hemisphere. Early Patriots later seized the fort, and it became a rallying point for the fledgling Revolution. Guarding the young settlement of Pittsburgh, Fort Pitt was the last point of civilization at the edge of the new American West. With vivid detail, historian Brady Crytzer traces the full history of Fort Pitt, from empire outpost to a bastion on the frontlines of a new republic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609494117
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 03/11/2012
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 600,197
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Brady J. Crytzer is the winner of both the 2010 Donald S. Kelly Award and 2010 Donna J. McKee Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Service in the Academic Discipline of History. He received his MA from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Foreword Alan Guatchess 7

Prologue Streets of a Thousand Names 9

Chapter 1 Hugh Mercer: "Capable of a Tolerable Defence" 17

Chapter 2 John Stanwix: "A Perfect Tranquility" 31

Chapter 3 Robert Monckton: "The Brave, Open-hearted, and Liberal" 53

Chapter 4 Simeon Ecuyer: "Every One Works, and I Do Not Sleep" 75

Chapter 5 Henry Bouqute: Fort Pitt and the Ohio Insurgency 99

Chapter 6 Lord Dunmore: Pittsburgh in the Old Dominion 123

Chapter 7 Daniel Brodhead: Fort Pitt and the American Revolution 151

Epilogue 171

Appendix The Hanna's Town Resolves 177

Notes 179

Bibliography 183

Index 187

About the Author 191

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