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Fort Pitt:: A Frontier History (Landmarks) Paperback – March 11, 2012
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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.
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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Easy read and very informative. Impressive presentation of an important era of Pittsburgh. Fits very well into Pennsylvania History. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Brenda Mark