Fort Loudoun Winchester Virginia

Fort Loudoun Winchester Virginia Fort Loudoun Winchester Virginia, a fort built on top of this hill by George Washington 1756 to 1758, was a frontier bastion in the French and Indian War.

Our narrow focus is Fort Loudoun Winchester VA, as George Washington's headquarters for the French and Indian War. Our broader focuses encompasses the world wide nature of this war.

Operating as usual

02/15/2021
Presidents Day and Braddock's Cannon

Presidents Day
The Mercer Co of the Virginia Regiment event is cancelled today. But not the memory. This reenactor group marches to portray one of Colonel Washington's companies in the Virginia Regiment during the French and Indian War. The headquarters for Colonel Washington and his Virginia Regiment was in Fort Loudoun Winchester VA.
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So how does this relate to Presidents Day?
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Well there's this cannon that sits on the corner of Braddock and Cork Streets in Winchester VA.
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And it is pointed towards Fort Duquesne, the French Fort in today's Pittsburgh.
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So, how related to Presidents Day?
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This is about a horrific battle. George Washington survives this horror. He's got bullet holes in his clothing. And his horse was shot under him. More than once. Just like what happened to his General Braddock until he caught the fatal bullet.
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And so? What about Presidents Day?
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Yes we were the outer reach of a British Empire, and the man who made this town his headquarters had no idea twenty years later he would be heading a new nation.
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PRESIDENT'S DAYMonday 20 February 2017Corner of Cork and Braddock Streets.George Washington in 1772 wearing his French and Indian War uniformPhotos by Cliff...

Sunday Word 2Treasure Hunt. The Oyster House. It was a log house. It was big. It was Yellow. And it was seen right where...
02/14/2021
Oyster House - Fort Loudoun Barracks?

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Treasure Hunt.
The Oyster House. It was a log house. It was big. It was Yellow. And it was seen right where the old western most barracks of Fort Loudoun sat.
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Then it got moved in some form to Fairfax Lane.
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https://jimmoyer1.wixsite.com/fortloudounva/single-post/oyster-house-fort-loudoun-barracks

That Western most Barrack in Fort Loudoun might still be around. After existing until 1820 at least and later, it was an Oyster House. Described as a tall logged yellow painted building. Then it got moved. To Fairfax Lane. Is it hiding in plain sight? . This blog authored and compiled by Jim Moyer 2...

Sunday Word 1We continue our trek thru 1757.  For Colonel George Washington this month of Feb 1757 is all about seeing L...
02/14/2021
GW's War in February 1757

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We continue our trek thru 1757. For Colonel George Washington this month of Feb 1757 is all about seeing Lord Loudoun, a name that adorns Winchester's main street and mall and several forts in different states and a county in VA to this day.
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Our Colonel GW after a stay in Fort Cumberland and then stays in Fort Loudoun in Winchester VA until sometime after Feb 2 to head to Mt Vernon and from there on Feb 13 leaves for Philadelphia to see Lord Loudoun who is expected there on Feb 17.

Lord Loudoun is a no show. Finally March 14 he arrives.

But what is going on our frontier while GW heads out to Philly?
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https://jimmoyer1.wixsite.com/fortloudounva/single-post/gw-s-war-in-february-1757

We continue our trek thru 1757. For Colonel George Washington this month of Feb 1757 is all about seeing Lord Loudoun, a name that adorns Winchester's main street and mall and several forts in different states and a county in VA to this day. . Our Colonel GW after a stay in Fort Cumberland and then....

Sunday Word 1We continue our trek thru 1757.  On Feb 2, 1757  George Washington currently stationed at Fort Loudoun in W...
02/07/2021
Lord Loudoun and the war February 1757

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We continue our trek thru 1757. On Feb 2, 1757 George Washington currently stationed at Fort Loudoun in Winchester VA gets grudging permission again from Lt Gov Dinwiddie allowing GW to directly see Lord Loudoun.
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This meeting is scheduled for Feb 17, 1757 in Philadelphia where Lord Loudoun intends to meet with all the Governors of PA, MD, VA, and the Carolinas.
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Lord Loudoun is officially Gov of VA but never ends up visiting Virginia. And this meeting on Feb 17 in Philly ends up being rescheduled to March 20.
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A little irony attends this situation. Lord Loudoun is getting reports that GW might be somewhat traitorous in sending information to France.
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https://jimmoyer1.wixsite.com/fortloudounva/single-post/lord-loudoun-and-the-war-february-1757
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. Lt Gov Dinwiddie gives grudging approval to Colonel George Washington to see Lord Loudoun in Philadelphia on February 2, 1757. Lord Loudoun holds title as Crown Governor of Virginia, as well as Commander in Chief of all North American forces. . He ultimately never visits Virginia. . This scheduled...

Sunday Word 1"Masters of that Fortress" George Washington says ! !.GW is referring to Fort DuQuesne , located in what is...
01/31/2021

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"Masters of that Fortress" George Washington says ! !
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GW is referring to Fort DuQuesne , located in what is today's Pittsburgh PA.

All the forts, all the Indian attacks, all the troop movements, all the desertions, all the House of Burgess deliberations, all the allocations of money, all the King's Men ---all of it is just treading water with no progress. That's 1757 for you. We continue our trek thru that year.
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While at Fort Loudoun, GW writes to Lord Loudoun's aide de camp, James Cuninghame, 28 Jan 1757:
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I am firmly perswaded that 3,000 Men
under good regulation
(and surely the 3 Middle Colonies
coud easily raize, and support that Number)
might Fortifie all the Passes
between this and Ohio:
Take possession of that River:
cut of the Communication
between Fort Duquisn and the Lakes,
and with a middling Train of Artillery
(with proper Officers & Enjineers)
make themselves Masters of that Fortress,
which is now become the Terror of these Colonies
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GW is right, right? Next year they get around to it. But not this year.
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What happens this year is a very unreported campaign in concert with our Indian Allies. who numbered almost to a 1000 coming to Winchester in this year of 1757 alone.

Our Indian Alley in Winchester VA ain't Indian Alley for nothing.

They lost their lives in this campaign. Promises of presents and reward were easily broken. And not yet to this day have we set up a Veterans Day for THEM.
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One day we will. At Fort Loudoun Winchester Va, we vow to honor the fallen who did our bidding and for what?
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The answer will only be revealed at that ceremony. We have discussed this idea for some time and we mean to make it happen. If you want to be part of the words said at this ceremony, please message me.
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Source of letter
https://founders.archives.gov/?q=Date%3A1757-01-28&s=1111311111&r=2
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Sunday Word 1We continue our trek thru 1757, looking at the details of just one letter from William Fairfax to Colonel G...
01/24/2021
Lord Loudoun and the war January 1757

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We continue our trek thru 1757, looking at the details of just one letter from William Fairfax to Colonel George Washington.
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The letter writer is high up in the politics of Virginia. His son marries a woman who George Washington adored to the end of his life, writing to her in 1798 that his time with her was the happiest in his life. But that's the side story for later.
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And another side story? A Spanish Galleon would travel every year from Acapulco to Manila. And the head of the British Navy made a fortune from capturing it. But that's another story for later.
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We cover the movements of Lord Loudoun whose name adorns our streets, walking mall and a fort in Winchester, and the name of a county in Virginia.

And this man, Lord Loudoun, failed at launching an attack on Fortress Louisbourg for which a successful siege a year later produced 3 heroes that are the names of our streets in Winchester VA -- Amherst, Wolfe, Boscawen.
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This letter also gives a good snapshot of the state of this world wide war in January of 1757.
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https://jimmoyer1.wixsite.com/fortloudounva/single-post/lord-loudoun-and-the-war-january-1757

. Just looking at one letter on 22 January 1757. . . The letter, William Fairfax writes to Colonel George Washington on 22 Jan 1757, details a world wide picture of this French and Indian War, including Lord Loudoun's movements. . . There's a side story to this letter writer, William Fairfax. He die...

Sunday Word 2A lot of poetry is really made to hear, like a song, not to be silently read.  And so too is the visual of ...
01/24/2021
A Young Poet and a future President

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A lot of poetry is really made to hear, like a song, not to be silently read. And so too is the visual of Amanda Gorman, aged 22, with her hand movements like punctuations to the sound of her poem, The Hill we Climb, at the recent Inauguration of Joe Biden. This parallels the story of George Washington and Phyllis Wheatley. She wrote a poem like Amanda Gorman, roughly at the same age too, who caught a future President's ear.
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I know this isn't Winchester local. But this thing went national. In 1776. And so this might well have been heard here then, as well as everywhere else.
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https://jimmoyer1.wixsite.com/fortloudounva/single-post/a-young-poet-and-a-future-president
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A lot of poetry is really made to hear, like a song, not to be silently read. And so too is the visual of Amanda Gorman, aged 22, with her hand movements like punctuations to the sound of her poem, The Hill we Climb, at the recent Inauguration of Joe Biden. This parallels the story of George Washing...

Sunday Word 2Warning. Earworm. Do not hit play.Major Washington, age 21, left Williamsburg VA and completes a round trip...
01/17/2021
The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

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Warning. Earworm. Do not hit play.
Major Washington, age 21, left Williamsburg VA and completes a round trip 16 January of 1754 of more than 1,000 miles by horse, foot, canoe, and raft in about ten weeks. He gets shot at by an Indian. He and his fellow traveller, Christopher Gist fall in the ice water and scramble on to an island to sleep overnight, risking loss of toes and fingers from frostbite. They see murderers. They see the murdered. They see a Queen Aliquippa.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIm2XepYq1o&feature=emb_logo

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Video Edit By Km MusicI'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" is a song written and performed by Scottish duo The Proclaimers, and first released ...

Sunday Word 1Continuing our trek thru 1757 we ran across a letter by John Carlyle to Colonel George Washington 22 Jan 17...
01/17/2021
New Years Day – Slave Auction Day?

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Continuing our trek thru 1757 we ran across a letter by John Carlyle to Colonel George Washington 22 Jan 1757. George Washington bought slaves while headquartered in Winchester VA. He bought them for his Bullskin plantations, and some may have travelled with him to and from Fort Loudoun while construction was going on.
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We look at a reference made by an article that New Years Day was when auctions of slaves began. A cursory look at Washington's letters uncover a reference to purchase of slaves in January of 1756 and January of 1757.
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This is a sad topic still in today's headlines, still causing national conversation. Maybe we've progressed. Maybe we are wearied by it. And it is not safe to discuss tough issues these days. And it inspires me not at all to present it. We all know what gets said about this on all levels and perspectives, but telling it lays it out for the record instead of hiding it.
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https://jimmoyer1.wixsite.com/fortloudounva/single-post/new-years-day-slave-auction-day

While Colonel George Washington was headquartered in Winchester VA, there are references to his purchase of slaves in the letters of 12 January 1756 and 22 January 1757. . . John Carlyle writes Colonel Washington, 12 Jan 1756 Expected before this Mr Lewis Woud Wrote Me he had purchased Negro’s for...

Sunday Word 2Another story in 1757Mutiny of the South Branch.We're asking the reader to take the baton if they want.We g...
01/10/2021
Mutiny on the South Branch

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Another story in 1757
Mutiny of the South Branch
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We're asking the reader to take the baton if they want.
We got some questions here.
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We want to see history written as though it was that movie you never saw the end to and because you didn't see the end, you really gots to know.
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History is often told as though it's a complete story.
Researchers know that is ALWAYS untrue.
It's a black hole that never ends.
At some point every historian has to cut off their research.
Or they will never publish.
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https://jimmoyer1.wixsite.com/fortloudounva/single-post/mutiny-on-the-south-branch

. Sometimes telling the story steals the fun of discovery. . We have learned the hard way what most established historians know. At some point the historian must cut off his research. The research never ends. There's always one more thing left unfound, left unproven. . We'd like to see more history....

Sunday Word 1On our tour of 1757 we meet up with a Dr Thomas Walker, a man huge in his time, unknown virtually in ours.....
01/10/2021
GW orders Dr. Thomas Walker

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On our tour of 1757 we meet up with a Dr Thomas Walker, a man huge in his time, unknown virtually in ours.
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And our GW runs afoul of this guy.
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https://jimmoyer1.wixsite.com/fortloudounva/single-post/gw-orders-dr-thomas-walker

We continue our weekly series examining 1757 during Washington's days of headquartering in Winchester VA. and his network of . . Knowing what a politically big man Dr. Thomas Walker is, the orders by GW in this letter of 10 January 1757, seem not very deferential. . You will do this. You will do tha...

Sunday Word 1Traitor? George Washington a traitor?We begin our trek thru 1757.And that's what GW starts off with this ye...
01/03/2021
Loudoun wonders if GW is a Traitor?

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Traitor? George Washington a traitor?
We begin our trek thru 1757.
And that's what GW starts off with this year and doesn't know it.

And everywhere in this area
you see Loudoun this Loudoun that. Who is Loudoun?

Our Colonel George Washington wants to meet Lord Loudoun.
Little does GW know is that Lord Loudoun is hearing accusations of GW being treasonous.
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From Douglas Southall Freeman's Young George Washington, Volume 2, Pages 239-240, published 1948, Charles Scribner's Sons:

The British Ministry had received in 1756 four letters, one after another, signed "Filius Gallicae" and addressed to the Duc de Mirepoix.

https://jimmoyer1.wixsite.com/fortloudounva/single-post/loudoun-wonders-if-gw-is-a-traitor

Everywhere in this area of Winchester and northern Virginia, you see Loudoun this Loudoun that. And then you find out that Fort Loudoun was named after a man who might have thought George Washington a traitor? . . Traitor? George Washington a traitor? We begin our trek thru 1757. And that's what GW....

Sunday Word 2Gnadenhutten and Allemangel. Imagine  the massacre of  a place meaning Log Tabernacle or Tents of Grace who...
01/03/2021
Gnadenhutten

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Gnadenhutten and Allemangel.
Imagine the massacre of a place meaning Log Tabernacle or Tents of Grace whose survivors ran
to a land, Allemangel, named for a lacking , so much so it was in need of everything?
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Such Biblical Poetry and a Great Sadness in both.
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We post it here because our Lt Col Adam Stephen of the Virginia Regiment learns on Jan 18, 1756 of an attack that occurred Jan 1, 1756.
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It is a 2nd attack following the Nov 24 1755 on the same Gnadenhutten in what is now Lehighton PA.
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The Ohio Gnadenhutten is far more famous and leads to a lifelong friend of Washington's being burned at the stake for it.
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There is a ton of links and detail here.
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Browse briefly on different parts.
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We document this large story for researchers.
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Oh and we have a little goody in here about Tom Sturgis Pretzels? And Ben Franklin is involved.

There were 2 Gnadenhuttens - one in PA and the more famous one in Ohio. Gnadenhutten Meaning? Means variously, Log Tabernacle, Tents of Grace. . Tabernacle? Means biblically, a light tent or portable housing that the Israelites used to move out of Egypt in the Book of Exodus. Other groups have used....

Sunday Word 1Two letters give some different insights on George Washington arguing for Fort Loudoun over Fort Cumberland...
12/27/2020
Two letters - 27 Dec 1756 and 31 Dec 1756

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Two letters give some different insights on George Washington arguing for Fort Loudoun over Fort Cumberland ending our tour of 1756 in this area.
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https://jimmoyer1.wixsite.com/fortloudounva/single-post/two-letters-27-dec-1756-and-31-dec-1756

There are 2 letters by the two of the most powerful people in Virginia writing to our Colonel George Washington on those 2 dates noted above. . We are struck by the strength of a 24 year old man to command an earnest response from Lt Gov Dinwiddie and House of Burgesses Speaker Robinson. . These two...

Sunday Word 2Christmas 1755Winchester VA.How did our Captain George Mercer at  Winchester VA spend his Christmas in 1755...
12/27/2020
Christmas 1755 Winchester VA

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Christmas 1755
Winchester VA
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How did our Captain George Mercer at Winchester VA spend his Christmas in 1755?
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Fun fun fun. It was going after deserters day. And time to read the Articles of War to the men.
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https://jimmoyer1.wixsite.com/fortloudounva/single-post/christmas-1755-winchester-va

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How did our Captain George Mercer in Winchester VA spend his Christmas in 1755? . Fort Loudoun construction will not start until May 18, 1756, so the Virginia Regiment is stationed around town. . Winchester December 25th 1755. It is Colonel Washington’s Orders, that Ensigns Polson and Thompson,1 C...

Program for 2021Sunday Word 1 will cover 1757 about our Colonel George Washington and Winchester with particular emphasi...
12/23/2020

Program for 2021
Sunday Word 1 will cover 1757
about our Colonel George Washington and Winchester with particular emphasis on our Cherokee and Catawba and Tuscarora and Nottoway allies and their stops to Fort Loudoun and on to areas near Fort Duquesne to attack any French and their Indian allies.

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Interview with Bill Hunt
on the subject of William Crawford.
William Crawford is a Winchester Frederick County man, William Crawford who is way more known in Ohio and Pittsburgh than here in Winchester. This is a man who was tied to a stake, burned with a hot poker and then set on fire, pleading Simon Girty to shoot him.

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Interview with Bill Hunt on anything. We mean anything of the context of history before and after the time period of Fort Loudoun. He has a large store of knowledge we would like to document.

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Some pictures from our Christmas party! Virginia Regiment Captain George Mercer Co.
Open to the Public French and Indian War Foundation Annual Meeting THIS Sunday 2pm November 11, 2018 . We're going back to the Well It still exists Blasted by black powder 1756-1758 Stevan Resan has a story about it. .