Larry & Cheryl's 2010 Travels travel blog

Supplies ambushed by Iroquois on way to Pittsburgh, Fort Pitt

British Army troop

British camp

Relaxed march with commander in lead

Colonist was explaining the locations & importance of the Forts along the...

Iroquois telling of white mans lies and broken promises

British leader explaining the process of battle & formations

Tired colonists that marched with the British soldiers

Colonist showing his weapons

The indians were hiding in the dense forest

Tired Colonists & Soldiers coming up the hill in a relaxed formation

Indians began firing their rifles

They hit & ran and hit again

More Indians in the forest

Indian and Colonist both explaing their side of the battle

Clothing vendor in camp

Weapons vendor

Another vendor chatting with us

Vendor tent

Wood carved items for sale

Wooden bowls & plates for sale

Furniture carving demonstrated

Fur trader

Blankets and household items

Indian encampment

Iroquois telling stories to children

Indian camp with women & supplies

We've just been relaxing and enjoying the friends at the Elks Lodge, walking every morning (finally, after all the heat we've encountered, it's cool enough to exercise). Getting back into the swing of walking every morning feels great.

We stayed here long enough so we could see the Re-enactment of the Battle of Bushy Run which is nearby in Harrison City (next little city). We went to see what it was all about and report back to the Elks group that it was worth the $6 admission

Bushy Run is the water source, a creek, that was used as a stop along the road back in the 1700's, called the Bushy Run Station. A supply troop of British soldiers and colonist were bringing supplies (mostly flour) to the people in Fort Pitt from Fort Bedford in the south.

The Iroquois Indians were tired of all the lies and broken promises by the settlers and British and decided to ambush this mile long supply group of about 350-400, as they neared the station. They were tired and walking uphill in a dense forest when the Indians used a "hit & run" maneuver on them. The British & colonist thought there were over 400 Indians but there were less than 100. The Indians would run in and shoot, run back out & over to another location and shoot again making is seem like a large number of Indians coming at them. In the end however, the Indians retreated.

We had an interesting view of the battle from the British commander, the colonists and by the Indians involved in todays re-enactment, each telling their side of the story.

It was a little amusing to hear the Indians speaking in a Pittsburgh-Italian accent.

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