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Battle of Point Pleasant

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The Battle of Point Pleasant was declared the official first battle of the American Revolution in 30 May 1908 by unanimous vote in the 60th Congress of the United States under Session I, Chapter 228, Section 32.

On October 10, 1774, Chief Cornstalk, with approximately 1,200 warriors, attacked Col. Andrew Lewis and his troops at the confluence of the Kanawha and Ohio rivers at present-day Point Pleasant.

Thomas Jefferson's account of the battle in Jefferson's Notes on State of Virginia refers to the Native American forces as being made up of "Shawanees, Mingoes, and Delawares."

See also:
Manufactured History: Re-Fighting the Battle of Point Pleasant
Point Pleasant, WV


The name "Tu-Endie-Wei" is a Wyandotte word meaning "point between two waters."