Fort Granville featured in new book
LEWISTOWN — No history of Mifflin County is complete without a mention of Fort Granville.
The local fort plays an equally important role in the newly published book, “War in the Peaceable Kingdon: The Kittanning Raid of 1756.”
Author Brady J. Crytzer describes the disaster at the fort that stood along the Juniata River near Lewistown: “The fall of the outpost and the capture of its garrison stood as the greatest Ohioan victory of the entire war, and it would become a watershed moment in the history of the frontier.”
The gory bloody details of massacres on the Pennsylvania frontier are not spared in the book, especially in its extensive discussion of what happened at Fort Granville on July 30, 1756, as well as the fate of some of the survivors. The defeat and destruction of Fort Granville play a key role in the Kittanning Raid.
The fall of the local fort leads to the Sept. 8, 1756, attack on the Indian Village of Kittanning by a newly-created Pennsylvania militia lead by Lt. Col. John Armstrong. That raid did not achieve all of its goals, but did lead to the Indians relocating their villages further away from the frontier settlements.
The raid was seen as a major victory for Pennsylvanians who believed the colony should be able to defend itself from outside attacks, whether from the French, Indians or another colony.
In “War in the Peaceable Kingdon: The Kittanning Raid of 1756,” Crytzer follows two major threads that intertwined at Kittanning: the French and Indian War that began in the Pennsylvania frontier, and the bitter struggle between pacifist Quakers, and others, like Benjamin Franklin, who supported the need to take up arms.
The author teaches history at Robert Morris University. A specialist in imperialism in North America, Crytzer is also the author of “Fort Pitt: A Frontier History, Guyasuta and the Fall of Indian America,” and “Hessians: Rebels, Mercenaries, and the War for British North America.”
The hardback book is $28, and is available at www.amazon.com, or by contacting Westholme Publishing at (215) 321-0125. or www.westholmepublishing.com.