July 3, 2011

A Stained Glass Window in Brownsville, Pennsylvania




      … at dawn on May 28, 1754, a Mingo Indian named Tanaghrisson who had agreed to scout for Washington spotted a French patrol stalking Washington’s men. Tanaghrisson showed Washington how to surprise the French; in the ensuing attack the French commander Jumonville was killed.

   That the French would retaliate was obvious, and Washington’s men retreated to Great Meadows, PA, where, against the advice of their Indian guides, they hastily threw up a stockade, nicknamed Necessity.** George Washington’s ally, Seneca chief Tanacharison-also known as The Half King…When referring to the fort…said Washington “made no Fortifications at all, but that little thing upon the Meadow.”*

     The Indians, disgusted, abandoned Washington and his small contingent of Virginia militiamen. Sure enough, the French outnumbered him and took the fort easily on July 4, 1754.**


     I’ve discovered that genealogists and historians around the world are a great resource in researching material for a book, newspaper article, journal article, genealogy, etc. This proved all too true when I traveled to Brownsville, Pennsylvania, recently.

     Not long ago my husband Monte and I went to the first annual Market Street Arts Festival in downtown Brownsville, Pennsylvania. My goal was to clear up some foggy points I had in my writing about French emigrants brought to the United States bythe Scioto Associates. The French emigrants trekked from Alexandria, Virginia, to Gallipolis, Ohio. They traveled along Braddock’s Trail from Cumberland, Maryland, to Uniontown (then Beesontown), before continuing to Redstone Old Fort (now Brownsville) on Burd’s Trail. Both trails followed the Nemacolin Indian Trail to the Monongahela River near the confluence of Redstone Creek (then Nemacolin Creek).

     The information I sought is background for a historic romance novel I’m writing. I was able to resolve several (more…)

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