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Brady J. Crytzer is the winner of both the 2010 Donald S. Kelly Award and 2010 Donna J. McKee Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Service in the Academic Discipline of History. He received his MA from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.
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  • Series: Landmarks
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (March 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609494113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609494117
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Native peoples lived in western Pennsylvania for thousands of years. The French extended their trading range down from Canada into what is western Pennsylvania today. Soon after, British and German traders arrived from over the Allegheny mountains and from the colony of Virginia. The Ohio country, as it was known then, was a place where two rivers came together to form a third. Its strategic location along the chain of rivers extending from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico made it the first gateway to the west - and fodder for what would become known as the French and Indian war. General Braddock tried and failed to gain British control over "the forks" where the French had built Ft. Duquesne. Then General Forbes and his army forged a road across Pennsylvania, building a string of forts along the way. He arrived at Ft. Duquesne only to find it abandoned and destroyed. He began construction of a new fort, larger and better fortified, that he named Ft. Pitt.

Ft. Pitt served well as a refuge for the early residents of Pittsburgh from Pontiac's Rebellion through the aftermath of the American Revolution, and as a staging point for forays that forged the way further west.

This excellent book is the product of a well researched and well written history of Ft. Pitt from its early days to its demise, through all of its commanders, from a tiny and precarious seed that sprouted gloriously into the city known today as Pittsburgh. This isn't just about Pittsburgh though; it is an important history of the formation of the United States and North America that is often overlooked in schools today. This book should be required reading. That it is a fascinating read is only a bonus.
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Two chapters in the book interested me, personally, because of two ancestors. The earliest was Barbara Reager & her sister who were taken captive in 1758 at Ft. Seybert, now, WV. They were released in 1764 at Ft. Pitt because of the efforts of General H Bouquet & a "peace treaty." The illustrations & descrip of what the fort looked like in 1764 & photo of the blockhouse were of interest. Plus, the author fleshed out Bouquet more than I had known.
The 2nd ancestor of mine was Brig General Daniel Brodhead. I find him a complex personality. Twice there were questions concerning his honesty: both during the Revolutionary War & then as a member of Pa. state government. Everything I have read gives murky responses. . . never sure if he was exemplary in conduct or, largely, selfishly motivated. My guess is he was not easy to figure out--a combination of good & bad motives. As a descendant, I appreciated the closing remark about Brodhead, that he died among family.
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A great, informative read about an often overlooked part of American history. The development of this important military installation is finally given a strong, modern telling of its development, role and significance in early American history.
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Interesting reading about an important part of our history
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