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August 10, 2018

Fort Pitt During the Revolutionary War: General Brodhead’s Expedition

On Aug. 11, 1779, Gen. Brodhead and 605 men, from the 8th Pennsylvania and 9th Virginia Regiments, marched north toward Conewago. The ensuing encounter became known as the Battle of Thompson Island, the only Revolutionary War battle fought in northwestern Pennsylvania

July 31, 2018

The Discovery of the Miller Lanceolate

It was July 31, 1976 when the Miller Point was discovered by Joe Yedlowski. Little did he know that it would spark one of the biggest controversies in North American archaeology – the idea that the continent was inhabited well before the 11,500 years previously believed.

November 17, 2015

Portrait of a Frontiersman: James Smith

Of those captured by Indians in the 18th century, none was better adapted to life on the frontier than James Smith. Captured at the age of 18 while working on a Pennsylvania spur of the Braddock Road, his subsequent adoption by Kahnawake Mohawks set in motion a chain of events that would influence the rest of his life.