Fort-Ligonier

Fort Ligonier
200 S Market St
Ligonier, PA 15658
(724) 238-9701

A local told us that the way to pronounce Ligonier is 'Lig' (as in PIG)- 'on'- 'air'.

Fort Ligonier was built in September 1758 and was first called Loyalhanna.  British General John Forbes needed a staging area and supply depot for his planned attack on the French at Fort Duquesne and this site was only about 50 miles from Fort Duquesne. On October 12th, Loyalhanna was successfully defended against the French after the British were defeated at Fort Duquesne. Because they recognized that they were heavily out-numbered by the British, Fort Duquesne was then abandoned by the French.  General Forbes changed the name of Loyalhanna to Fort Ligonier. He named it after the commander in chief of Great Britain, Sir John Ligonier.

George Washington, then a British officer, arrived at Loyalhanna in late October. During Chief Pontiac’s war of 1763, Fort Ligonier was attacked twice by the Indians before the British victory at Bushy Run. Fort Ligonier was never taken over by an attack during the eight years that it was in service from 1758 until 1766.


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Fort Ligonier emblem
Fort Ligonier from the parking lot
Fort Ligonier plaque on stone
Fort Ligonier century chain
Fort Ligonier mermorial
Fort Ligonier memorial plaque
Fort Ligonier mortars
canon in front ofFort Ligonier
Fort Ligonier cannon in front
Chevaux de Frise
Friesian horses
cannons along walkway Fort Ligonier
Fort Ligonier field piece
Fort Ligonier 6 pounder canon
Fort Ligonier Howitzer
Howitzer a type of gun combining a mortar and a field piece
Fort Ligonier field piece
Field Piece light twelve pounder
Fort Ligonier
Ammunition Wagon drawn by four horses
Fort Ligonier sling cart
A Sling Cart carried artillery tubes
Fort Ligonier cart
Fort Ligonier mortar wagon
Fort Ligonier Powder cart

 

Fort Ligonier was never taken over by an attack during the eight years that it was in service from 1758 until 1766.

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