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April 1, 2015 – May 30, 2015 all-day


begins every Spring


by Jim Moyer  compiled in 2015, updated 3/6/2017, 4/2/2017


After a long trip started in February 1, 1756 to Boston

to see Governor  William Shirley of Massachussetts,

who was also Commander in Chief

of all NorthAmerican forces,

to settle the issue of Capt Dagworthy

not submitting to Washington’s command

at Fort Cumberland,

Washington finally arrives


to find the frontier in turmoil,

and a report about a dead Frenchman, Sieur Douville,

who had plans to destroy

the depot near Williamsport MD on the Potomac

in the heart of many settler’s forts and homesteads.


Okay not a big deal of a sentence, BUT,

do you wonder why George Washington chose

to make such a long trip

knowing Springtime is going to get HIT, really HIT ?

GW knew the highway they just built

for the failed Braddock Expedition

was a two way street.

The enemy was going to use it.

And they will be coming.

Still, confusion in command

is not good under attack,

so he needs to solve that Dagworthy problem.



Colonel Washington on 7 April 1756 writes Lt Gov Dinwiddie of Virginia:


f&iw“However absurd it may appear,

it is nevertheless certain,

that five hundred Indians have it

more in their power to annoy the Inhabitants,

than ten times their number of Regulars.

For, besides the advantageous way

they have of fighting in the Woods,

their cunning and craft are not to be equalled;

neither their activity and indefatigable Sufferings:

They prowl about like Wolves;

and like them, do their mischief by Stealth—

They depend upon their dexterity in hunting,

and upon the Cattle of the Inhabitants for provisions.”


This reality although true, contained a real hidden nugget.

Col Washington in the north and

Washington’s right hand man,

Major Andrew Lewis, in the south,

who had just come

from the failed Sandy Creek Expedition,

were about to be hit by ONE SINGLE INDIAN.



Because this one Indian was “likely” there

at all these events:

at the Battle of Jumonville Glen in May 1754

leading to Fort Necessity July 1754 and at

Braddock’s defeat in July 1755 and

later that Fall around Fort Cumberland.


JOHN KILLBUCK SR. (BEMINO) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bemino


KILLBUCK SR masterminded The Battle of the Trough

which just occurred at end of March or early April.


No court martials followed this particular battle, The Battle of the Trough.


” In a controversial action

still being debated many years later,

Captain Thomas Waggener did not sally forth

to assist the local militia

engaged in that battle with the Indians

until the following day. ” –

page 181 of Norman Baker’s French and Indian War in Frederick County.




Other attacks masterminded by Killbuck Sr resulted in many deaths, heroism, cowardice and ensuing court martial trials held in Winchester.


Read about the  28 April 1758 attack

on Fort Seybert 

also led by Killbuck Sr

in a story by Bonnie S Johnston,

titled The Dark Side of the Mountain

Dark Side of the Mountain


But back to the Spring of 1756 . . .

Building of Fort Loudoun begins next month, middle of May 1756.


Before Construction of Fort Loudoun begins in middle of May 1756,

the following attacks occur:


1 April or last March 1756 Battle of Trough

15 April 1756 attack on Fort Ashby 

18 April 1756  Battle of the Great Cacapon near Fort Edwards, 20 miles from Winchester


See Court Martials HELD IN WINCHESTER VA  following the Battle of the Great Cacapon



Suggestions, corrections, additions of information about this time of the Spring of 1756 are welcomed to post on https://www.facebook.com/groups/788566064548558/








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