• Though the British suffered serious losses during the Battle of Bushy Run, they routed the tribemen and successfully relieved the garrison of Fort Pitt.
  • In July 1763, a British relief column of 500 British soldiers, including the 42nd Highlanders, 60th Royal Americans, and 77th Highlanders, left Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to relieve Fort Pitt, then under siege.
  • On August 5, at about 1PM, a part of the force investing Fort Pitt ambushed the British column one mile east of Bushy Run Station, at Edge Hill.
  • The British managed to hold their ground until after sunset, when the natives withdrew.
  • Bouquet ordered a redoubt constructed on Edge Hill, and the British placed their wounded and livestock in the center of the perimeter.
  • With the surprise attack of the sentries, from a flank, and a frontal assault by the main British column, the outnumbered Indians fled in a disorganized retreat.
  • A second account holds that the warriors attacked in the morning and “redoubled their efforts to break the British line”.
  • Instead, the British soldiers fired a volley in their faces and “made terrible havock” with the bayonet.
  • Having dispersed its attackers, Bouquet’s column headed to Bushy Run, a mile along the Forbes road, where there was badly needed water.
  • The battle has since been attributed to the Bushy Run location, despite the main fighting taking place in Edge Hill.
  • The battle cost the lives of 50 British soldiers, including 29 of the 42nd Highlanders, seven of the 1/60th Royal Americans, six of the 77th Highlanders, and eight Civilians and volunteers.
  • Bouquet estimated he fought an equal number as his own force.
  • One contemporary report claimed 20 Indians were killed and many more wounded.

 

Share on Pinterest
There are no images.
Share with your friends










Submit

Was this article helpful to you?

Comments are closed.