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July 17, 2015

No Giant Eagle for Fort Pitt!

In Dec. 1759, Col. Henry Bouquet recorded the provisions available at Fort Pitt: “146,740 pounds (667 barrels) of flour, 212 beef cattle, 66,415 pounds of salted beef, 22 barrels of pork, 64 barrels of salt, 5,800 pounds of butter, 3,285 pounds of cheese, and 525 pounds of tobacco.”

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June 5, 2015

“I had to take the fife and use it”

In the 18th century military, fifers and drummers played a pivotal role at Fort Pitt. They not only announced daily routines for the military but also indirectly served as a morale booster. A few skilled gentlemen with knowledge of 18th century fifing and drumming have formed a group to teach Fort Pitt Museum visitors about the subject this summer.

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May 22, 2015

The Life and Myth of Simon Girty

In the decades following the American Revolution, no one was more universally hated by frontier residents than former Indian captive Simon Girty.

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