Point Pleasant 1774

Prelude to the American Revolution

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Point Pleasant 1774

Prelude to the American Revolution

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From the author of Wabash and Fallen Timbers comes the story of a pre-Revolutionary conflict between American settlers and Indian tribes on the Ohio River in West Virginia.

The battle of Point Pleasant was the major battle in what is known as Lord Dunmore's War, the conflict between the Colony of Virginia and the Shawnee and Mingo Indian tribes in what is now the state of Kentucky. Following a series of incidents between American settlers and the Native tribes, the Earl of Dunmore led one militia army, with Colonel Andrew Lewis leading another, against the Shawnees and Mingos. On October 10, 1774, a force of about 700 Indians attacked Lewis's 1,100-man army at what is now Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Lewis's men succeeded in driving the Indian forces off, though only after suffering about 20 percent casualties. The two Virginia militia forces pursued the Indians into Ohio before a peace treaty was signed that opened up Kentucky for American settlement.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Strategic situation /Chronology /Opposing commanders /Opposing armies /Orders of battle /Opposing plans /The campaign /Aftermath /The battlefield today /Further reading /Index

Product details

Published Sep 23 2014
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472805096
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 35 b/w; 44 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 273
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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John F. Winkler

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