“Make Ready, Aim, Fire”
Fort Ligonier Museum
Aiden Klee, State President-Elect
Brandie Klee, Senior State President
History of Fort Ligonier – After the disaster of the first expedition (Braddock’s expedition) to capture Fort Duquesne from the French, the British launched a second expedition this time under the direction of John Forbes. John Forbes took the time during the second expedition to resurrect a road across the Allegheny Mountains and place British outposts along it. The last outpost was Fort Ligonier which was created in the last safe place, known as Loyal Hannon, before moving into what was French and Indian territories around what is present-day Pittsburgh where Fort Duquesne is located. On October 12, 1758, the French and Indian forces from Fort Duquesne descended on Fort Ligonier for a battle that would not end in their favor as had been in the past. While the fort was still under construction, the British soldiers under the command of Colonel James Burd along with the Maryland, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina provincial forces were able to hold off the attack of the French and Indian forces. The French soldiers with their Indian allies proceeded to attack the guard soldiers that were placed outside the fort to protect supply lines and the forts animals. When the gunfire from these attacks was heard at the fort, the British soldiers armed the fort and held off the attack with the British artillery. When the French forces could not infiltrate the fort, they waited until nightfall to try again with no success. While the British casualties were greater than what French forces received, the French were not successful and were never able to take this fort during the French and Indian war.
The mission of the Fort Ligonier Museum – To enrich the lives of today’s citizens and future generations through education and preservation by sharing the powerful stories of Fort Ligonier that changed world history.
Project – Funds raised will be used to support two needs of the Fort Ligonier Museum
- PA C.A.R. will sponsor the black powder stipend needed for reenactments. The cost of this is around $1000 per reenactment. The money is used to purchase the black powder used for cannon firing and the reenactor’s stipends. This is done twice a year at the Fort, Memorial Weekend, and Fort Ligonier Days in October. I would like our sponsorship to be used during the Fort Ligonier Days in October when the Battle of Fort Ligonier is reenacted. A brief history of this battle is provided above. It is requested that the first $1000 raised to be released to the Fort before the October event if possible.
- PA C.A.R. will be raising the funds to create the Forbes Road powder horn display. They have an original powder horn with the Forbes Road engraved on it. They would like to create a display/exhibit around this artifact. The estimated cost for this display is $5000. I know we can not commit to being able to raise the full amount of the cost of the exhibit but I would like funds raised past what is needed for the sponsorship of the black powder for the Fort Ligonier Days to go to this exhibit creation.
Why This Project – History is the reason we are members of this organization, and I want to make sure we continue to support the preservation of this history. Fort Ligonier is working hard to preserve Pennsylvania’s history during the French and Indian War. This fort was one of many fortifications that were built along the newly created Forbes Road that stretched from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. It is also the only Fort that did not fall into enemy hands. I want to make sure it survives long after we are gone to tell other generations the story of the people and battles that helped to build and define Pennsylvania.